'Get your knee off our necks,' activist Sharpton says at Floyd memorial

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U.S. civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton told mourners that George Floyd's death in police custody and the nationwide protests it ignited marked a reckoning for America over race and justice, demanding, 'Get your knee off our necks.'

MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton told mourners that George Floyd’s death in police custody and the nationwide protests it ignited marked a reckoning for America over race and justice, demanding, “Get your knee off our necks.”

Delivering the eulogy at a memorial service at a university chapel in Minneapolis, Sharpton said Floyd’s death at the hands of police, pinned to the ground under the knee of a white officer, symbolized a universal experience of police brutality for African Americans. The nationwide protests were for the most part orderly on Thursday, in contrast to several previous nights punctuated by sporadic arson, looting and clashes between protesters and police and the mobilization of the National Guard in several states.

Reverend Al Sharpton speaks during a memorial service for George Floyd following his death in Minneapolis police custody, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson The change in mood reflected a determination voiced by many protesters and organizers in recent days to transform outrage over Floyd’s death into a renewed civil rights movement, seeking reforms to America’s criminal justice system.

On Thursday, the three newly arrested officers made their first appearance in court and were ordered to remain held, with bail set at $750,000 each.

 

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Get your knee of our necks? does it mean that people should be able to commit crimes without being treated harshly? Does anyone think that the British government should take their knee off of JULIAN ASSANGE‘s neck? All he did was tell the truth WHERE IS HIS PROTEST

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Al Sharpton disgraced the affair with his presence.

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