Atlantans mark 1-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death with march through downtown

ATLANTA — Rallies are underway in Atlanta and cities across the country to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd.

Supporters told Channel 2′s Audrey Washington that they want to make sure Floyd’s death is not in vain.

A large group of supporters gathered at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta Tuesday evening and then were going to march to Liberty Plaza at the Georgia State Capitol.

They say they change and action, starting with the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

“We’re going to continue to lift our voices. We’re going to continue to fight and show solidarity,” said Porchse Miller who organized Tuesday’s rally.

They called it the “My Daddy Changed the World Rally,” taken from a statement Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, made shortly after her father’s death.

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Last year, the world watched when cellphone video showed then Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

Floyd died. Protests erupted around the country and the world.

In April, a jury found Chauvin guilty of murder.

Dr. Cedric Alexander is the former DeKalb County Public Safety Director. He told Washington that he wants to see more changes in policing.

“We need to continue to move forward with police reform,” Alexander said. “Take a look at our training, make sure that it’s relevant to 21st century practices.”

Gerald Griggs is the Vice President of the Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP. He told Channel 2′s Michael Seiden it’s important to stand with Atlanta families as much as standing with Floyd’s.

“We’ve been through a lot as a city, a lot as a country. It’s important to not only stand with the family of George Floyd, but also for the families impacted here in Atlanta.”

Among the biggest supporters in the crowd of nearly 100 was Floyd’s longtime friend, Stephen Jackson. The former NBA player and co-host of the popular podcast “All the Smoke” used this moment to inspire the group. He encouraged them to stay focused and continue their fight for social justice and police reform.

“Yeah, my brother changed the world, but the world hasn’t changed. We still getting killed! We still getting mistreated! So it’s imperative that we take care of each other and stand now! All together! We can’t do it by ourselves!,” he shouted to the crowd.

As for Miller, she said now is the time to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act which calls for police accountability.

She said it’s important for the Floyd family and other families who lost loved ones during police encounters.

“Their voices are not muted. They are not unheard,” Miller said.