During the nearly nine minutes a former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck, George Floyd called out for his late mother.
Rev. Al Sharpton, while eulogizing Floyd today, said that at first, he thought Floyd was seeking comfort in his final moments.
“Sometimes, the only thing between us and our conditions was our mothers. Sometimes, the only thing that we had that would take danger away was our mothers,” Sharpton said.
But later, Floyd’s son Quincy said he thought Floyd’s late mother might have been calling to him, Sharpton said.
Here’s how he put it:
“Quincy said, ‘you know, I was thinking maybe he was calling his mother ’cause at the point that he was dying, his mother was stretching her hands out saying, ‘come on, George. I’ll welcome you where the wicked will cease from troubling, where the weary will be at rest. There’s a place where police don’t put knees on you, George. There’s a place that prosecutors don’t drag their feet.’ Maybe mama said, ‘come on, George.””