Rallies, moments of silence honor George Floyd a year later

CORRECTION_George_Floyd_68068 CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TUESDAY, NOT MONDAY - People take a knee during a moment of silence on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis.
George_Floyd_52234 A man cleans up a broken window to a barber shop after shots were fired in George Floyd Square on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. The intersection where George Floyd died was disrupted by gunfire Tuesday, just hours before it was to be the site of a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death at the hands of police.
George_Floyd_83664 A bullet casing is seen after shots were fired in George Floyd Square on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. The intersection where George Floyd died was disrupted by gunfire Tuesday, just hours before it was to be the site of a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death at the hands of police.
George_Floyd_10269 People walk through George Floyd Square after shots were fired on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. The intersection where George Floyd died was disrupted by gunfire Tuesday, just hours before it was to be the site of a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death at the hands of police.
George_Floyd_28882 People walk through George Floyd Square after shots were fired on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. The intersection where George Floyd died was disrupted by gunfire Tuesday, just hours before it was to be the site of a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death at the hands of police.
George_Floyd_34144 A man boards up a broken window to a barber shop after shots were fired in George Floyd Square on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. The intersection where George Floyd died was disrupted by gunfire Tuesday, just hours before it was to be the site of a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death at the hands of police.
George_Floyd_72167 A man boards up a broken window to a barber shop after shots were fired in George Floyd Square on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. The intersection where George Floyd died was disrupted by gunfire Tuesday, just hours before it was to be the site of a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death at the hands of police.
George_Floyd_45745 A man cleans up a broken window to a barber shop after shots were fired in George Floyd Square on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. The intersection where George Floyd died was disrupted by gunfire Tuesday, just hours before it was to be the site of a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death at the hands of police.
George_Floyd_56324 A demonstrator takes part in a protest and march in remembrance of George Floyd on the one-year anniversary of his death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
George_Floyd_88514 Demonstrators stand on top of a building with a likeness of George Floyd on a billboard behind them, on the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis.
George_Floyd_75289 Local leaders and politicians, including Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, third from left, Rev. Al Sharpton, fifth from left, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, seventh from left, kneel for for more than nine minutes to remember the murder of George Floyd in New York, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Tuesday marks one year since Floyd, who was Black, died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes as he pleaded for air. Floyd's death sparked worldwide protests and calls for change in policing in the U.S. Chauvin, who is white, was convicted of murder and manslaughter in his death.
George_Floyd_56273 A young girl raises her fist during a demonstration on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis.
George_Floyd_19142 Common performs at George Floyd Square on the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis.
George_Floyd_53739 Local leaders and politicians, including Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, second from left, kneel for for more than nine minutes to remember the murder of George Floyd in New York, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Tuesday marks one year since Floyd, who was Black, died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes as he pleaded for air.
Sun_Storm_Basketball_48554 "Black Lives Matter" is displayed on a reader board during a moment commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, before a WNBA basketball game between the Seattle Storm and Connecticut Sun on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Everett, Wash.
George_Floyd_67927 Family members of George Floyd speak in front of a billboard with his likeness, on the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis.
George_Floyd_73904 A young boy makes bubbles as people gather at George Floyd Square on the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis.
Congress_George_Floyd_77802 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, center, talks with Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, left, as Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., right, looks on, as they stand for a photo during a meeting with Floyd family and Congressional members, Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at the Capitol in Washington.
George_Floyd_85154 People gather for a concert at George Floyd Square on the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis.
George_Floyd_90492 Demonstrators arrive to attend a vigil at Brooklyn Museum to remember the murder of George Floyd, late Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
George_Floyd_32972 A man holds up a poster of George Floyd as demonstrators attend a vigil at Brooklyn Museum to remember the murder of Floyd, late Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
George_Floyd_Vermont_07383 David Mulholland, of Putney, Vt., kneels for 9 minutes and 29 seconds during a vigil in Putney, Vt., on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, for George Floyd, a man who was killed by Derek Chauvin, a Minnesota police officer, a year ago today.
APTOPIX_Germany_Europe_George_Floyd_87047 A woman holds a Black Lives Matter poster and keep distance to other people during a rally marking the one-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis USA police officer, at the former airport Tempelhof in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, May 25, 2021
George_Floyd_42279 FILE - In this Wednesday, April 21, 2021, file photo, a man holds a sign at George Floyd Square, in Minneapolis, a day after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all counts for the 2020 death of Floyd. The intersection where George Floyd took his final breaths was to be transformed Tuesday, May 25 into an outdoor festival on the one-year anniversary of his death, with food, children’s activities and a long list of musical performers.
Spain_Europe_George_Floyd_98284 A 'Black Lives Matter' banner marking the one-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis USA police officer, hangs from the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_93535 FILE - In this Tuesday, April 20, 2021, file photo, a crowd gathers next to the spot where George Floyd was murdered at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of Floyd, in Minneapolis. The intersection where George Floyd took his final breaths was to be transformed Tuesday, May 25 into an outdoor festival on the one-year anniversary of his death, with food, children’s activities and a long list of musical performers.
Greece_Europe_George_Floyd_38225 A "Black Lives Matter" banner marking the one-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis USA police officer, hangs from the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
AP_Poll_Race_and_Policing_15129 FILE - In this April 20, 2021 file photo, a person reacts near Cup Foods after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minn. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows Americans are more likely than they were before Floyd’s death to say that police violence is a serious problem and about half think police who cause harm on the job are treated too leniently by the justice system. The poll also found about 6 in 10 Americans say racism in the U.S. is a very or extremely serious problem, similar to the percentage that said the same one year ago.
Racial_Injustice-Minnesota_Protests_20602 Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd, attends a rally and march for the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
George_Floyd_13809 Mitchell Eithun of Lansing, Mich., holds up a sketch of George Floyd created by friend Cheryl Gamber, while others hold up lit cell phones to remember Floyd on Tuesday evening, May 25, 2021, during a memorial at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich., a year after Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police. The event was sponsored by Black Lives Matter Lansing.
George_Floyd_24343 People hold up cell phones with lights on to honor George Floyd on Tuesday evening, May 25, 2021, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich., one year after Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.
APTOPIX_George_Floyd_10026 Ellie Amani, of Washington, stands on Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington as she waits to see the family of George Floyd participate in an interview with broadcaster Roland Martin, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_82989 Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump, second from left, and Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, left, arrive to speak with broadcaster Roland Martin, right, at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_33416 Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump, seated right, joined by Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, seated center, and other family members and supporters, speaks with broadcaster Roland Martin, seated left, at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_67484 A protester fist bumps with a driver during a racial justice rally on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Boston.
George_Floyd_California_63733 Black Lives Matter supporters march through downtown Los Angeles past LA City Hall on the first anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_80025 Felecia Jones marches during a racial justice rally on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Boston.
George_Floyd_70770 Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump, seated right, joined by Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, seated left, and other family members and supporters, speaks with broadcaster Roland Martin at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. At back left is Rodney Flody and at far back left is nephew Brandon Williams.
George_Floyd_10394 Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, talks with family members and supporters as they enter a waiting vehicle after speaking with broadcaster Roland Martin at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_California_01837 Rev. Bill Freeman stands in the middle of 1st Street wearing a kippah and a BLM mask to stand in solidarity with his Jewish and Black brothers and sisters in front of LAPD Headquarters during a Black Lives Matter rally on the first anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_25380 Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, talks with family members and supporters as they enter a waiting vehicle after speaking with broadcaster Roland Martin at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. At left is Rodney Floyd.
George_Floyd_77532 Moblie Burrell, center, marches during a racial justice rally on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Boston.
George_Floyd_62110 Moblie Burrell marches during a racial justice rally on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Boston.
George_Floyd_California_96255 Janee Lennox, of Culver City, joins a Black Lives Matter rally outside LAPD Headquarters in Los Angeles during the first anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_California_64217 A man stands next to a Black Lives Matter flag in Los Angeles near the LAPD Headquarters during the first anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_44051 People march during a racial justice rally on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Boston.
George_Floyd_30444 Demonstrators march through Brooklyn Bridge to remember the murder of George Floyd on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
George_Floyd_98091 Katherine Walker talks about her son Grechario Mack, 30, who was killed by LAPD at the Crenshaw Mall, during a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Los Angeles on the first anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_20327 Black Lives Matter supporters march through downtown Los Angeles on the first anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_07420 Black Lives Matter supporters take to the streets in Los Angeles outside LAPD Headquarters during the first anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
George_Floyd_76304 Demonstrators protest and march, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York, to remember the murder of George Floyd.
George_Floyd_40391 Demonstrators march through lower Manhattan during a rally to remember the murder of George Floyd on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
George_Floyd_New_York_15953 Demonstrators march through lower Manhattan during a rally to remember the murder of George Floyd on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
George_Floyd_Boston_07103 People listen to a speaker during a racial injustice rally on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Franklin Park in Boston.
George_Floyd_Boston_37803 People listen to a speaker at a racial injustice rally on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Franklin Park in Boston.
George_Floyd_Bosotn_21877 Jack Curtis, of Arlington, Mass., holds a Black Lives Matter flag at a racial injustice rally on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Franklin Park in Boston.
George_Floyd_New_York_93400 Demonstrators take part in a protest and march to remember the murder of George Floyd on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
George_Floyd_New_York_30898 A demonstrator takes part in a protest and march to remember the murder of George Floyd, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
George_Floyd_72135 Protesters confront the NYPD before taking part in a protest and march to remember the murder of George Floyd on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
George_Floyd_59131 People take a knee during a moment of silence on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
George_Floyd_61021 People call for a moment of silence on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
Biden_George_Floyd_71070 Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, leads the chant "say his name" as members of the Floyd family talk with reporters after meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Washington.
George_Floyd_06596 A doll in a casket is displayed near George Floyd square on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
George_Floyd_68068 For a moment of silence on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Monday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
George_Floyd_30845 A woman gets emotional during a moment of silence on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
George_Floyd_39591 People take a knee during a moment of silence on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
George_Floyd_30497 People take a knee during a moment of silence on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
George_Floyd_14663 The family of Daunte Wright gathers on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. Wright was fatally shot earlier this year by a Minneapolis police officer.
George_Floyd_16546 Community members place candles around the iron fist at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue--informally known as George Floyd Square--on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A family-friendly street festival, musical performances and moments of silence were held Tuesday to honor George Floyd and mark the year since he died at the hands of Minneapolis police, a death captured on wrenching bystander video that galvanized the racial justice movement and continues to bring calls for change.

Floyd’s sister Bridgett and other family members held a moment of silence at a “Celebration of Life” event at a downtown Minneapolis park that included music, food trucks, an inflatable bouncy house and a vaccination stand. A few miles away, at the site of the intersection where Floyd died, dozens of people kneeled around a steel fist sculpture for several minutes — symbolizing the 9 minutes, 29 seconds during which Floyd was pinned down.

“It’s been a troubling year, a long year,” Bridgett Floyd told the crowd downtown. “But we made it. … The love is here. George is here.”

Other members of Floyd’s family met in Washington with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who urged Congress to quickly pass a law in Floyd’s name that would bring changes to policing. A moment of silence to honor Floyd was also held in New York and a rally was held in Los Angeles. Globally, a rally took place in Germany and Floyd’s death was marked by U.S. embassies in Greece and Spain.

Hours before the Minneapolis festivities, the intersection where Floyd died was disrupted by gunfire.

Associated Press video from 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — informally known as George Floyd Square — showed people running for cover as shots rang out. Police said a man, who they believe was injured in the shooting, went to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound. Police said he was in critical condition but was expected to survive. There were no immediate arrests.

Philip Crowther, a reporter working for AP Global Media Services, which provides live video coverage, reported hearing as many as 30 gunshots about a block from the intersection. Crowther said a storefront window appeared to have been broken by gunshots.

“Very quickly things got back to normal,” Crowther said. “People here who spend a significant amount of time, the organizers, were running around asking, ‘Does anyone need a medic?’”

Like other major cities, Minneapolis has been struggling with rising gun violence, a problem made worse, in part, by many officers leaving the embattled force since Floyd’s death. A 6-year-old girl was fatally shot and two other children wounded in recent weeks. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey last week unveiled sweeping public safety proposals aimed at fixing the problem. Other groups are pursuing a more radical remaking of the police department.

The intersection of 38th and Chicago has been barricaded since soon after Floyd’s death. It quickly turned into a memorial — and also a challenging spot for the city, with police officers not always welcome.

The square was transformed Tuesday into an outdoor festival, with food, children’s activities and music. At times, people danced in the street. Artwork and signs from protests after Floyd’s death also were on display. One group hosted an open mic next to a greenhouse that community members constructed earlier this year to house flowers left by mourners. Nearby, a brass band played for passersby.

The celebration also included a candlelight vigil, capping several days of marches, rallies and panel discussions about his death and confronting racial discrimination.

Xavier Simmons, 24, from Racine, Wisconsin, chanted “Say his name!” as people kneeled. Simmons said he hopes people taking part in the festivities will both honor Floyd’s life and legacy and continue to “uplift and empower this movement.”

“We got the verdict that we needed, but it’s never going to change until we make a change,” he said.

“Y’all keep doing the work, because ya’ll changing the world,” Common, an award-winning rapper, actor and activist told the crowd of hundreds during a musical performance Tuesday night prior to the vigil.

After Common left the stage and day turned to night in George Floyd Square, people placed candles in every conceivable corner, lighting up the area.

Floyd, 46, who was Black, died May 25, 2020, after then-Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, pinning him to the ground for about 9 1/2 minutes. Chauvin, who is white, was convicted last month of murder and faces sentencing June 25. Three other fired officers still face trial.

Earl Vaughn, 20, of Minneapolis, attended the downtown event and said despite its celebratory atmosphere: “For all this a Black man had to die, so that’s really unfortunate.”

In New York City, elected officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, joined the Rev. Al Sharpton in kneeling for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. “As we took a knee, imagine how long that was on a human being’s neck,” Sharpton said. “Never switched knees, just dug in. It’s time we correct policing in this country.”

On Tuesday evening, activists and demonstrators gathered with some families of people who had died in interactions with the New York Police Department at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They called for defunding the police, holding officers accountable and removing police officers from schools. Following the rally, they set off on a march through Brooklyn streets.

Several Floyd family members, including his young daughter Gianna, met with Biden and Harris earlier Tuesday. Biden, who previously pledged to continue fighting for racial justice, said he hopes the Senate can quickly pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and get it to his desk.

“We have to act,” he said of the legislation that would ban chokeholds and no-knock police raids and create a national registry for officers disciplined for serious misconduct.

Floyd’s brother Philonise told CNN he thinks about George “all the time.”

“My sister called me at 12 o’clock last night and said ’This is the day our brother left us,’” he said, adding: “I think things have changed. I think it is moving slowly but we are making progress.”

Also Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Kristen Clarke as assistant attorney general for civil rights, the first Black woman to hold the position. In the last few weeks, the Justice Department under Biden has announced sweeping investigations into the police in Minneapolis and Louisville and brought federal civil rights charges against the officers involved in Floyd’s death.

Separately, the Floyd family announced the launch of a fund that will make grants to businesses and community organizations in the neighborhood, as well as broader grants “encouraging the success and growth of Black citizens and community harmony.” The money comes from $500,000 earmarked as part of the city’s $27 million civil settlement for the Floyd family.

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Associated Press writer Amy Forliti and Deepti Hajela in New York City contributed to this report.

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