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George Floyd was standout on his Texas high school football team

George Floyd was not only a rapper who recorded music with the late influential hip hop artist DJ Screw and a star football player for his Texas high school team, but a father of two young girls, including a six-year-old, who he now leaves behind.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Monday after passing out while a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes during an arrest that was caught on camera, sparking protests in the Minnesota city and outrage across the country. 

In the wake of Floyd’s death, the four arresting officers were fired Tuesday. It has since been revealed the white officer who was seen forcefully kneeling on Floyd’s neck was involved in a fatal police shooting. Another one of the fired officers paid a $25,000 settlement after being sued for using excessive force in a 2017 arrest. 

Floyd leaves behind two daughters, including six-year-old Gianna Floyd who lives with her mother Roxie Washington in Floyd’s former hometown of Houston.

Washington told the Houston Chronicle her ex was a ‘gentle giant’. 

‘People mistake him because he was so big that they thought he was always a fighting person but he was a loving person,’ she said. ‘And he loved his daughter.’ 

George Floyd was not only a rapper who recorded music with the late influential hip hop artist DJ Screw and a star football player for his Texas high school team, but a father of two young girls, who he now leaves behind.

George Floyd was not only a rapper who recorded music with the late influential hip hop artist DJ Screw and a star football player for his Texas high school team, but a father of two young girls, who he now leaves behind.

Floyd was loved by many on the football team at Jack Yates High School in Houston where he played wide receiver in the 1990s. A fellow teammate tweeted his sadness and anger when he learned of Floyd's death.

Floyd was loved by many on the football team at Jack Yates High School in Houston where he played wide receiver in the 1990s. A fellow teammate tweeted his sadness and anger when he learned of Floyd's death.

George Floyd (pictured in the 1990s, in jersey 88) was not only a rapper who recorded music with the late influential hip hop artist DJ Screw and a star football player for his Texas high school team, but a father of two young girls, who he now leaves behind. Floyd was loved by many on the football team at Jack Yates High School in Houston where he played wide receiver. A fellow teammate tweeted his sadness and anger when he learned of Floyd’s death

Floyd leaves behind two daughters, including six-year-old Gianna Floyd who lives with her mother, Roxie Washington (pictured all together), in Floyd's former hometown of Houston. Washington told the Houston Chronicle her ex was a 'gentle giant'

Floyd leaves behind two daughters, including six-year-old Gianna Floyd who lives with her mother, Roxie Washington (pictured all together), in Floyd's former hometown of Houston. Washington told the Houston Chronicle her ex was a 'gentle giant'

Floyd leaves behind two daughters, including six-year-old Gianna Floyd who lives with her mother, Roxie Washington (pictured all together), in Floyd’s former hometown of Houston. Washington told the Houston Chronicle her ex was a ‘gentle giant’

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Monday after passing out while a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes during an arrest that was caught on camera , sparking protests in the Minnesota city and outrage around the country

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Monday after passing out while a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes during an arrest that was caught on camera , sparking protests in the Minnesota city and outrage around the country

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Monday after passing out while a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes during an arrest that was caught on camera , sparking protests in the Minnesota city and outrage around the country

Floyd's heartbroken family said the firing of four police officers involved is only ‘a start’ to getting justice

Floyd's heartbroken family said the firing of four police officers involved is only ‘a start’ to getting justice

Floyd’s heartbroken family said the firing of four police officers involved is only ‘a start’ to getting justice

‘I don’t even have words for it,’ Washington, 38, told the paper. ‘It’s cruel. They took him away from my daughter. She’ll never see her father again.’

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Floyd’s cousin said his daughter is ‘not doing well’ after learning of her father’s untimely death.

Washington, who attended a 100-strong protest in Houston after Floyd’s death, said he was born in North Carolina and moved to the city’s third ward as a baby.

Floyd was loved by many on the football team at Jack Yates High School in Houston where he played wide receiver in the 1990s.

A fellow teammate tweeted his sadness and anger when he learned of Floyd’s death. 

He wrote: ‘We played together on the same summer league team (after our freshman year) in the BCI league. 

‘Floyd was a cool dude. Hate to hear that he passed. Now I’m just realizing that Floyd is the guy killed by police. I hope the officer who did this meets the same fate. That would be justice.’

Archive footage from 1992 shows Floyd scoring a dramatic touchdown at one of the Yates games.

The school’s coach, M.J. Hickey Jr, posted a photo on Twitter of the late player with his team and the caption ‘#88 #RIPGeorgeFloyd’.

'I don’t even have words for it,' Washington (left with Floyd center), 38, told the paper. 'It’s cruel. They took him away from my daughter. She’ll never see her father again'

'I don’t even have words for it,' Washington (left with Floyd center), 38, told the paper. 'It’s cruel. They took him away from my daughter. She’ll never see her father again'

‘I don’t even have words for it,’ Washington (left with Floyd center), 38, told the paper. ‘It’s cruel. They took him away from my daughter. She’ll never see her father again’

Washington, who attended a 100-strong protest in Houston after Floyd's death, said he was born in North Carolina and moved to the city's third ward as a baby. Pictured: Floyd with his daughter Giana

Washington, who attended a 100-strong protest in Houston after Floyd's death, said he was born in North Carolina and moved to the city's third ward as a baby. Pictured: Floyd with his daughter Giana

Washington, who attended a 100-strong protest in Houston after Floyd’s death, said he was born in North Carolina and moved to the city’s third ward as a baby. Pictured: Floyd with his daughter Giana 

Fans of revered hip hop artist DJ Screw (pictured) celebrated Floyd's musical career by sharing links of tracks he recorded under his rapping name 'Big Floyd' alongside the legendary Houston musician. DJ Screw, whose real name was Robert Earl Davis Jr, died in 2000 of a drug overdose after releasing 35 mixtapes. The rapper was posthumously made an official Texas Music Pioneer by Governor Rick Perry

Fans of revered hip hop artist DJ Screw (pictured) celebrated Floyd's musical career by sharing links of tracks he recorded under his rapping name 'Big Floyd' alongside the legendary Houston musician. DJ Screw, whose real name was Robert Earl Davis Jr, died in 2000 of a drug overdose after releasing 35 mixtapes. The rapper was posthumously made an official Texas Music Pioneer by Governor Rick Perry

Fans of revered hip hop artist DJ Screw (pictured) celebrated Floyd’s musical career by sharing links of tracks he recorded under his rapping name ‘Big Floyd’ alongside the legendary Houston musician. DJ Screw, whose real name was Robert Earl Davis Jr, died in 2000 of a drug overdose after releasing 35 mixtapes. The rapper was posthumously made an official Texas Music Pioneer by Governor Rick Perry

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson (right) posted on social media calling Floyd (left) his 'twin', as the two men played on both the Yates football and basketball team and grew up in Houston's third ward

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson (right) posted on social media calling Floyd (left) his 'twin', as the two men played on both the Yates football and basketball team and grew up in Houston's third ward

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson (right) posted on social media calling Floyd (left) his ‘twin’, as the two men played on both the Yates football and basketball team and grew up in Houston’s third ward

Washington said Floyd received a basketball scholarship from Florida State University, but returned to Houston before he finished college and began making music.

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson posted on social media calling Floyd his ‘twin’ – the two men played on both the Yates football and basketball team and grew up in Houston’s third ward. 

‘U will know who Floyd was,’ Jackson’s Instagram post said. ‘Nobodies perfect but Floyd was loved by everybody when he’s friends wasn’t. Just the facts u gotta be from HTown to know what I’m saying. Rest Easy Twin we riding for ya.’

Fans of revered hip hop artist DJ Screw celebrated Floyd’s musical career by sharing links of tracks he recorded under his rapping name ‘Big Floyd’ alongside the legendary Houston musician.

DJ Screw, whose real name was Robert Earl Davis Jr, died in 2000 of a drug overdose after releasing 35 mixtapes. The rapper was posthumously made an official Texas Music Pioneer by Governor Rick Perry.

‘He’s on countless Screw tapes. RIP to a legend,’ one fan tweeted Wednesday.

Floyd worked as a security guard after moving to Minneapolis around 2018, Washington said.

Floyd worked first as a truck driver and then as a security guard at Minneapolis restaurant Conga Latin Bistro. 

On Tuesday, new video emerged showing the moment Floyd was pulled from his car by police moments before a white officer pinned him to the ground by his neck in an altercation that led to his death.  

On Tuesday, new video emerged showing the moment Floyd was pulled from his car by police moments before a white officer pinned him to the ground by his neck in an altercation that led to his death

On Tuesday, new video emerged showing the moment Floyd was pulled from his car by police moments before a white officer pinned him to the ground by his neck in an altercation that led to his death

On Tuesday, new video emerged showing the moment Floyd was pulled from his car by police moments before a white officer pinned him to the ground by his neck in an altercation that led to his death 

Cops were reported to have located Floyd, who was suspected of forgery, in his car around 8pm before ordering him to exit the vehicle, according to a police statement. A spokesman alleged Floyd got out of the car before 'physically resisting officers'.

Cops were reported to have located Floyd, who was suspected of forgery, in his car around 8pm before ordering him to exit the vehicle, according to a police statement. A spokesman alleged Floyd got out of the car before 'physically resisting officers'.

However, new video footage, obtained by FOX 9 , has shed light on the moments leading up to Floyd's arrest, showing two officers manhandling and forcibly removing him from his car as he is placed in handcuffs outside the Cup Foods grocery store on 38th and Chicago Ave in south Minneapolis

However, new video footage, obtained by FOX 9 , has shed light on the moments leading up to Floyd's arrest, showing two officers manhandling and forcibly removing him from his car as he is placed in handcuffs outside the Cup Foods grocery store on 38th and Chicago Ave in south Minneapolis

Cops were reported to have located Floyd, who was suspected of forgery, in his car around 8pm before ordering him to exit the vehicle, according to a police statement. A spokesman alleged Floyd got out of the car before ‘physically resisting officers’. However, new video footage, obtained by FOX 9 , has shed light on the moments leading up to Floyd’s arrest, showing two officers manhandling and forcibly removing him from his car as he is placed in handcuffs outside the Cup Foods grocery store on 38th and Chicago Ave in south Minneapolis

The new videos have shed light on the events leading up to Floyd's death, which has sparked outrage and questions overs officers' alleged use of force on a suspect accused of a non-violent offense

The new videos have shed light on the events leading up to Floyd's death, which has sparked outrage and questions overs officers' alleged use of force on a suspect accused of a non-violent offense

The new videos have shed light on the events leading up to Floyd’s death, which has sparked outrage and questions overs officers’ alleged use of force on a suspect accused of a non-violent offense 

Cops were reported to have located Floyd, who was suspected of forgery, in his car around 8pm before ordering him to exit the vehicle, according to a police statement. A spokesman alleged Floyd got out of the car before ‘physically resisting officers’.   

However, new video footage, obtained by FOX 9, has shed light on the moments leading up to Floyd’s arrest, showing two officers manhandling and forcibly removing him from his car as he is placed in handcuffs outside the Cup Foods grocery store on 38th and Chicago Ave in south Minneapolis. 

The new videos have shed light on the events leading up to Floyd’s death, which has sparked outrage and questions overs officers’ alleged use of force on a suspect accused of a non-violent offense.    

In the CCTV footage from a restaurant, a handcuffed Floyd is seen sitting on the ground as a police officer, who was not seen in the original viral video, speaks to him before picking him up and holding him against the wall. 

Another police officer then comes over and helps escort Floyd to a nearby police car before the clip ends. 

The events to follow were then captured in a separate video widely shared on Tuesday, which showed Floyd pleading with the cop to stop, saying ‘please, please, I can’t breathe’ and ‘My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts’, as he is pinned to the ground. 

Witnesses at the scene were heard urging the arresting officers to stop, with one pointing out that Floyd was not resisting arrest.    

Derek Chauvin, 44, the officer filmed kneeling Floyd's neck during his arrest, is a 19-year veteran of the force who was investigated over a fatal police shooting in 2006

Derek Chauvin, 44, the officer filmed kneeling Floyd's neck during his arrest, is a 19-year veteran of the force who was investigated over a fatal police shooting in 2006

Derek Chauvin, 44, the officer filmed kneeling Floyd’s neck during his arrest, is a 19-year veteran of the force who was investigated over a fatal police shooting in 2006

A second officer involved in Monday's arrest, Tou Thao, is said to been part of a $25,000 out of court settlement after being sued for using excessive force in 2017

A second officer involved in Monday's arrest, Tou Thao, is said to been part of a $25,000 out of court settlement after being sued for using excessive force in 2017

A second officer involved in Monday’s arrest, Tou Thao, is said to been part of a $25,000 out of court settlement after being sued for using excessive force in 2017

Floyd, unresponsive and handcuffed, is then placed on a stretcher before being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died shortly after

Floyd, unresponsive and handcuffed, is then placed on a stretcher before being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died shortly after

Floyd, unresponsive and handcuffed, is then placed on a stretcher before being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died shortly after 

The four officers involved in the arrest were fired by the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday after initially being placed on paid administrative leave. 

The officer who kneeled on Floyd and his partner who stood by have a history of violent arrests, according to reports and court records.

 

Officer Derek Chauvin, who was caught on camera pinning down Floyd by the neck, has been in two officer-involved shootings.

Chauvin, 44, a 19-year Minnesota Police Department veteran, shot and wounded a man during a domestic dispute callout. 

According to a 2011 report in local newspaper the Pioneer Press, Chauvin and others arrived at a South Minneapolis apartment around 2am after a woman called 911 and the dispatcher heard her yell to a man to stop hitting her. 

Chauvin and another officer broke into the apartment and wrestled resident Ira Latrell Toles to the ground. The officers reported that in the struggle Toles reached for one of their weapons and so Chauvin shot him in the abdomen.

Earlier that year, the officer was awarded a department medal of valor for his response in an incident involving a man armed with a gun.

According to a report by a police watchdog nonprofit Communities United Against Police Brutality, in 2006 a man called Wayne Reyes pulled a shotgun on five police officers including Chauvin, and the officers shot and killed Reyes. 

Officer Tou Thao was sued in 2017 for excessive use of force after throwing to the ground, punching and kicking a handcuffed black man after stopping him on the street while he walked home with his eight-month pregnant wife, according to court claims. 

Others held up banners saying 'I can't breathe' as they demanded an end to police brutality against African-American men

Others held up banners saying 'I can't breathe' as they demanded an end to police brutality against African-American men

Others held up banners saying ‘I can’t breathe’ as they demanded an end to police brutality against African-American men

People were packed in for the rally Tuesday which began peacefully but descended into carnage later in the day

People were packed in for the rally Tuesday which began peacefully but descended into carnage later in the day

People were packed in for the rally Tuesday which began peacefully but descended into carnage later in the day 

Lamar Ferguson said in his lawsuit that Thao and another officer stopped and searched the couple without cause, then handcuffed him and attacked him.

According to the legal filing, after the arrest the officers took Ferguson to hospital, then pulled him out and took him to jail with only his underwear and T-shirt on, ignoring medical medical staff’s pleas to let him dress.

Thao claimed in a deposition that Ferguson slipped one hand out of the cuffs during the arrest and tried to get away. 

One of Ferguson’s lawyers told Minneapolis newspaper the Star Tribune that the case settled out of court for $25,000.

On Wednesday, Ben Crump, the attorney representing Floyd’s family, said without video footage of the incident, he believes police ‘would have given a false narrative and they would’ve swept it under the rug,’ he told Today

An initial statement released by the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday did not include details of officers’ altercation with Floyd and only mentioned he had suffered ‘medical distress’ following the arrest.    

Source: dailymail US

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