Memorial service for George Floyd to held in Minneapolis

first_imgScott Olson/Getty ImagesBy ELLA TORRES, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — Friends, families and strangers are expected to mourn George Floyd’s death and honor his life at a memorial on Thursday, the first of a handful of services to honor him. It was just over a week ago that Floyd’s death was caught on camera. His name has now become synonymous with a fight for justice and against police brutality. The service begins at 1 p.m. local time at North Central University in Minneapolis, where he lived and died.Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver a “national eulogy,” and attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the Floyd family, will deliver a “national criminal justice address.”Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after an officer was seen with his knee on Floyd’s neck. Officers had handcuffed him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill and were trying to force him into a squad car when he became stiff. Floyd told them he was “not resisting,” but that he did not want to get in the squad car and he was claustrophobic.Floyd eventually fell to the ground, still handcuffed, and continued to be restrained until he stopped moving. Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old officer who was seen in a video with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. The three other officers at the scene — Thomas Lane, 37, Tou Thao, 34, and J Alexander Kueng, 26 — are facing charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter.Two other memorial services will be held for Floyd on June 6 in Raeford, North Carolina, the state where Floyd was born, and Houston, Texas, where Floyd had previously lived, on June 8. A private funeral service will be held at the same location on June 9 at 11 a.m. local time, which former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend, Crump said at a press conference on Tuesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Reggae Boyz and head coach in hot water with FIFA

first_imgWinfried SchaeferReggae Boyz players Lance Laing and Upston Edwards, along with the island’s head coach Winfried Schaefer, have been slapped hard by FIFA for indiscretions during Jamaica’s return-leg World Cup qualifying match against Nicaragua.Laing and Edwards were found guilty of using offensive language and gestures to the match officials while Schaefer was charged with displaying unsportsman-like behavior against the officials.Both players were suspended for Jamaica’s next four games in the World Cup qualifiers, while Schafer will have to watch the next two games from the stands and not from the customary sidelines. All three were also fined US$5,150.The ban means that the players will miss Jamaica’s matches against Panama on November 13 in Jamaica; against Haiti on November 17 in Haiti; against Costa Rica on March 25, 2016 in Jamaica; and the return-leg against Costa Rica on March 29, 2016. Schaefer will miss the Panama and Haiti encounters.FIFA’s actions stem from the Reggae Boyz game against Nicaragua in Managua. Jamaica needed to win the game by two clear goals to advance further into the qualifiers, after their opponents had travelled to Kingston and won the game 3-2.Jamaica rallied to win the game by the exact 2-0 that was needed to remainlast_img read more