HOUSTON — The body of George Floyd, the man who died in Minneapolis when an officer was seen on video kneeling on his neck for nearly 11 minutes in an attempt to detain him, will be returned to Houston, according to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner.
Mayor Turner said Floyd's body will be brought back to Houston. Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center confirmed they are handling Floyd's services. Details for a funeral have not been released.
Derek Chauvin, who was identified as the officer kneeling on Floyd's neck, has been arrested and charged with third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. The criminal complaint states Chauvin was the officer seen on video with his knee on Floyd's neck while Floyd was pleading, "I can't breathe."
Floyd, a Houston native, was an alumnus of Jack Yates High School. The school's class of 1993 held a vigil and walk for Floyd Saturday morning at MacGregor Park. Those who attended wore Yates' school colors and shirts that read "I Can't Breathe."
Protests against Floyd's death took place throughout the country Friday night. One protest, which went on for nearly 11 hours, involved hundreds gathered in downtown Houston to demand justice for Floyd. Nearly 200 people were arrested during the rally. Many of those will be charged with obstructing a roadway, according to the Houston Police Department. Eight Houston police officers suffered minor injuries during the protest, and 16 police vehicles were damaged.