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California Christian musician criticized for 'co-opting' George Floyd memorial

The musician leads the worship at California-based Bethel Church.

The intersection of 38th and Chicago in South Minneapolis has become a growing memorial dedicated to George Floyd, who died May 25 after a former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. 

But the presence of Sean Feucht, a Christian musician who leads worship at Bethel Church in California, over the weekend sparked criticism from some of the protesters and mourners at the scene.

Feucht was performing about 50 feet from where people were gathered to mourn Floyd's death on Saturday.

Feucht was a member of the California-based Bethel Music Collective, though Bethel Music told BMTN he is no longer a signed artist, suggesting that the event over the weekend was the work of Feucht himself.

Those with complaints about their presence argued that Feucht co-opted the memorial without support of the local community in mourning, while others questioned his motivation for being in Minneapolis in the first place, tweets show.

Amid the slew of angry tweets, there were some people on social media who backed Bethel Music's efforts, and there was a group of people at the memorial who danced along to the group's music.

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