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08 Jun 2020 | 02:50 PM UTC

US: George Floyd public viewing to be held in Houston, Texas on June 8

United States of America News Alert

George Floyd public viewing to be held at Houston, Texas church on June 8

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/8/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/9/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Chicago). COUNTRY/REGION Houston

Event

On Monday, June 8, a public viewing of George Floyd's casket will be held at the Fountain of Praise Church in his hometown of Houston, Texas. The viewing will take place from 12:00 to 18:00 (local time) and visitors will be required to wear a mask and gloves and comply with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) social distancing measures. Transportation to the church will be provided via shuttles from the nearby Fountain of Life and Kingdom Builders Centers. Following the viewing, Floyd's body will be taken to Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery in Pearland for a private memorial and funeral on Tuesday, June 9.

Context

George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas of Houston are advised to monitor developments and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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