HOUSTON – The rain didn’t stop hundreds of protestors from taking to the Houston streets on Sunday. Many are demanding justice for the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes.
The Galleria closed Sunday after some people attempted to break into Forever 21. Some local business owners boarded up store windows in anticipation of looting, which is more rampant in some cities.
Overall, the protests in Houston are increasingly peaceful, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
Law enforcement officials, lawmakers, religious leaders and residents across the city honored the life of Floyd, who grew up in Third Ward and attended Yates High School, by marching, praying and speaking about the injustices happening to black people in America.
Rapper Trae tha Truth marched in the rain with many people through Third Ward. He also announced a march with Floyd’s family Tuesday at Discovery Green.
Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo delivered a passionate speech to a crowd of protestors in Third Ward.
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Hearing The Police Chief @artacevedo Speak Up For The People And Minorities And Speak Out About Bad Officers And Racist People The Way He Did Today and Puttin His Job To The Side To March With Us Meant Alot ... I Can Honestly Say He One Of The Few Who Stands For What Right!!! And He Also Decide To Give The Family A Police Motorcade For George Floyd Funeral To Have Him Layed To Rest... We Will Say His Name.. #GeorgeFloyd Salute!! Love..
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo walks arm-in-arm with a woman during a rally for George Floyd.— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 1, 2020
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Turner, Acevedo, Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee and HFD Chief Samuel Peña attended a Pull Up and Praise drive-thru fellowship at The Christian Outreach Center on Sunday afternoon.
Brazoria County NAACP hosted a Justice 4 George Floyd healing prayer at the Shadow Creek Sports Complex in Pearland. The event included prayers and passionate speeches from community leaders and law enforcement officers.
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During the prayer, the white people in attendance knelt down and asked for forgiveness for years of racism. The powerful moment was followed up by the black community accepting the apology and joining together in prayer.