The name George Floyd has become synonymous with protests. The unarmed black man was killed on May 25, 2020, in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota by police officer, Derek Chauvin.
Since his death, blacks across the globe have reignited the call for equality in the justice system in the U.S. While the conversation has been switched towards a systematic deficiency affecting blacks, Floyd’s family continue to mourn a man best described as ‘loving’.
In commemoration of his death, we bring you six facts you probably didn’t know about Floyd.
George Floyd at 47 years old was more than 6 feet tall. His height influenced his nickname the “Gentle Giant”. According to his mother, Floyd was a talented athlete who particularly excelled in football and basketball at school.
Court documents revealed that Floyd was charged in 2007 with armed robbery in a “home invasion”. He was released in 2009 after a plea deal for a five-year sentence.
George Floyd, according to family members, was a loving person. Known as “Big Floyd”, he was the father of a six-year-old daughter, Gianna who lives with her mother, Roxie Washington in Houston.
Unsuccessful music career
Like every young black person living in the U.S., Floyd had the knack for music. This passion drove him out of school to form his own hip-hop group called the “Screwed Up Click”.
George Floyd was friends with Stephen Jackson, a 14- year NBA veteran. According to ESPN, both men became extremely close because of their striking resemblance when they both grew up in Texas.
Speaking at Friday’s rally, Jackson said: “I’m here because they’re not gonna demean the character of George Floyd, my twin. A lot of times, when police do things they know that’s wrong, the first thing they try to do is cover it up, and bring up their background — to make it seem like the bulls— that they did was worthy. When was murder ever worthy? But if it’s a black man, it’s approved.”
Jackson has vowed to support Floyd’s daughter, Gianna.
Both George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, the police officer who knelt on his neck, worked as security for the same club, but may not have known each other, according to a former nightclub owner in Minneapolis.
Maya Santamaria, who used to run El Nuevo Rodeo Club, told local news that the two men were in her employment throughout last year.