Civil rights activist Rev Al Sharpton attacked President Donald Trump's agenda, vowed not to let people use George Floyd as prop and declared it was time for black people to demand 'get your knee off our necks' during his fiery eulogy for the man whose death at the hands of police has sparked global protests.
Hollywood celebrities, musicians and politicians gathered in front of the Floyd's golden casket on Thursday at a sanctuary at North Central University in the first of a series of memorials set for three cities over the next six days.
The service took place as a judge less than a mile away set bail at $1 million each for three of the four fired Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting murder in Floyd's death. Floyd died on May 25 after white police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with murder, put his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes as he lay handcuffed on the pavement, gasping that he couldn't breathe.
Floyd's memorial drew the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and members of Congress, including Reps. Ilhan Omar, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Ayana Pressley. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey took a knee in front Floyd's casket and sobbed before the service got underway. Among the celebrities in attendance were T.I., Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Marsai Martin.
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