National updates: George Floyd’s loved ones hope his funeral is the beginning of widespread change

The latest: Family and close friends gathered in Houston Tuesday for the funeral of George Floyd, two weeks after he was killed while in Minneapolis police custody. Minneapolis police department has withdrawn from union contract negotiations to begin reforms. Nearly a dozen U.S. cities and municipalities are starting to ban or have banned police officers’ use of chokeholds.New York has passed a bill to unveil police discipline records. Thousands gathered in Houston, Texas, Tuesday to bid a final farewell to George Floyd — the man whose last moments sparked outrage and protests across the country.In the two weeks since Floyd’s death, tens of thousands flooded the streets across the U.S. decrying police brutality and demanding lasting change. Floyd’s friends and loved ones say they hope his funeral isn’t the end — but instead marks the beginning of that widespread call for change.On Wednesday, Floyd’s family members and their attorney told lawmakers in a House oversight hearing on policing and law enforcement accountability that they have the power to make sure his death “is not in vain.””It’s become painfully obvious that what we have right now are two systems of justice – one for white Americans and another for black Americans,” said Ben Crump, the Floyd family attorney.”We are better than this,” Crump said. “Chairman, members of the committee, you have the power to make this moment in history the tipping point.”Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told House lawmakers that his brother “didn’t deserve to die over $20,” asking them “is that what a black man’s worth? Twenty dollars? This is 2020. Enough is enough.” Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao were responding to a call about a $20 counterfeit bill on May 25 when they detained Floyd. Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The four officers were fired and are now facing charges in Floyd’s death. Crump said that changing the police’s behavior and their relationship with the community “starts at the top,” saying the country needs a “national standard” for policing behavior built on transparency and accountability.Crump noted that the only reason the world knows what happened to George Floyd was because it was captured on video.Floyd “literally narrated a documentary of his death, begging for his life saying I can’t breathe and calling for his mama,” Crump said.Crump said the advent of video evidence is bringing to light what “long was hidden.””It is revealing what black Americans have known for a long, long time that it is dangerous for a black person to have an encounter with a police officer,” Crump said. In the face of continuing demonstrations, city and state leaders have also moved to tackle police reform. Members of the Minneapolis City Council announced they intend to defund and dismantle the city’s police department. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he intends to quickly sign a package of police reform bills legislators are preparing. And across the U.S., at least 11 cities and municipalities are starting to ban or have banned police officers’ use of chokeholds, according to data gathered by CNN.”God took the rejected stone and made him the cornerstone of a movement that’s going to change the whole wide world,” Rev. Al Sharpton said during Floyd’s funeral.Former Minneapolis officer tried to negotiate plea dealAll four officers involved in Floyd’s death have since been charged.Derek Chauvin, who is seen in a bystander’s video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck as the man begged for his life, was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors have added a more serious charge of second-degree murder.Local news station KMSP reported Chauvin was negotiating a plea deal with the Hennepin County District Attorney’s office and the U.S. Attorney before being charged and arrested.”There were early negotiations with the defendant (Derek Chauvin), between the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney,” said Hennepin County Attorney spokesperson Chuck Laszewski in a statement to the station.CNN has reached out to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office.The other three officers — Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood nearby — have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.Families of other victims came to Floyd’s funeralFloyd was buried beside his mother — who he called out for as Chauvin kept a knee against his neck.”You called for mama. We’re going to lay your body next to hers,” Sharpton said. “But I know mama’s already embraced you, George. You fought a good fight. You kept the faith. You finished your course. Go on and get your rest now. Go on and see mama now. We’re going to fight on.”During the service, Floyd’s family was surrounded by the families of other black victims who lost their lives at the hands of police, including Pamela Turner, Botham Jean, Michael Brown and Eric Garner — who yelled he couldn’t breathe shortly before he died, just like Floyd.There was also the family of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was shot jogging earlier this year in Georgia by two men who claimed he looked like a suspect in a string of robberies.”I stand with all mothers who have lost sons to these events,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper, told CNN Tuesday night. “We command change. We can’t lose another life to such tragedy. Something has to change.”She said she believes her son also called out for her during his last moments.”Ahmaud was killed in the streets as well and I know at some point, in the last minutes of his life, Ahmaud thought of me himself. I know that he cried out for me as well,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking to know that both left the way that they left.”Changes across police departmentsIn the days after Floyd’s death, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the tactic Chauvin used isn’t one their officers are trained in and said there was no reason to employ it during the arrest.”The technique that was used is not permitted,” Frey had said. “And our chief has been very clear on that piece. There is no reason to apply that kind of pressure with a knee to someone’s neck.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced during Floyd’s funeral he was preparing to sign an executive order banning chokeholds in his city as well as enact other police reforms.In Colorado, the Denver Police Department announced it was banning chokeholds and carotid compressions “with no exceptions.” The department announced more changes in their procedures, including that officers will have to report to a supervisor if they intentionally point a weapon at someone.And in Washington, the governor announced he wants police across his state to restrict their use of chokeholds when restraining suspects.”We need to rethink the use of police force, and look more broadly at police tactics,” he said. “Possibly there are things where life itself is in danger … but police are going to have to convince us that that’s the situation.”In the nation’s capital, 35 members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to several federal agencies demanding an end to alleged surveillance of peaceful protesters as people across the country continue to demonstrate against police brutality following Floyd’s death. CNN contributed to this report.

The latest:

  • Family and close friends gathered in Houston Tuesday for the funeral of George Floyd, two weeks after he was killed while in Minneapolis police custody.
  • Minneapolis police department has withdrawn from union contract negotiations to begin reforms.
  • Nearly a dozen U.S. cities and municipalities are starting to ban or have banned police officers’ use of chokeholds.
  • New York has passed a bill to unveil police discipline records.

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Thousands gathered in Houston, Texas, Tuesday to bid a final farewell to George Floyd — the man whose last moments sparked outrage and protests across the country.

In the two weeks since Floyd’s death, tens of thousands flooded the streets across the U.S. decrying police brutality and demanding lasting change. Floyd’s friends and loved ones say they hope his funeral isn’t the end — but instead marks the beginning of that widespread call for change.

On Wednesday, Floyd’s family members and their attorney told lawmakers in a House oversight hearing on policing and law enforcement accountability that they have the power to make sure his death “is not in vain.”

“It’s become painfully obvious that what we have right now are two systems of justice – one for white Americans and another for black Americans,” said Ben Crump, the Floyd family attorney.

“We are better than this,” Crump said. “Chairman, members of the committee, you have the power to make this moment in history the tipping point.”

Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told House lawmakers that his brother “didn’t deserve to die over $20,” asking them “is that what a black man’s worth? Twenty dollars? This is 2020. Enough is enough.”

Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao were responding to a call about a $20 counterfeit bill on May 25 when they detained Floyd. Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The four officers were fired and are now facing charges in Floyd’s death.

Crump said that changing the police’s behavior and their relationship with the community “starts at the top,” saying the country needs a “national standard” for policing behavior built on transparency and accountability.

Crump noted that the only reason the world knows what happened to George Floyd was because it was captured on video.

Floyd “literally narrated a documentary of his death, begging for his life saying I can’t breathe and calling for his mama,” Crump said.

Crump said the advent of video evidence is bringing to light what “long was hidden.”

“It is revealing what black Americans have known for a long, long time that it is dangerous for a black person to have an encounter with a police officer,” Crump said.

In the face of continuing demonstrations, city and state leaders have also moved to tackle police reform. Members of the Minneapolis City Council announced they intend to defund and dismantle the city’s police department.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he intends to quickly sign a package of police reform bills legislators are preparing. And across the U.S., at least 11 cities and municipalities are starting to ban or have banned police officers’ use of chokeholds, according to data gathered by CNN.

“God took the rejected stone and made him the cornerstone of a movement that’s going to change the whole wide world,” Rev. Al Sharpton said during Floyd’s funeral.

Former Minneapolis officer tried to negotiate plea deal

All four officers involved in Floyd’s death have since been charged.

Derek Chauvin, who is seen in a bystander’s video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck as the man begged for his life, was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors have added a more serious charge of second-degree murder.

Local news station KMSP reported Chauvin was negotiating a plea deal with the Hennepin County District Attorney’s office and the U.S. Attorney before being charged and arrested.

“There were early negotiations with the defendant (Derek Chauvin), between the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney,” said Hennepin County Attorney spokesperson Chuck Laszewski in a statement to the station.

CNN has reached out to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office.

The other three officers — Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood nearby — have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Families of other victims came to Floyd’s funeral

Floyd was buried beside his mother — who he called out for as Chauvin kept a knee against his neck.

“You called for mama. We’re going to lay your body next to hers,” Sharpton said. “But I know mama’s already embraced you, George. You fought a good fight. You kept the faith. You finished your course. Go on and get your rest now. Go on and see mama now. We’re going to fight on.”

During the service, Floyd’s family was surrounded by the families of other black victims who lost their lives at the hands of police, including Pamela Turner, Botham Jean, Michael Brown and Eric Garner — who yelled he couldn’t breathe shortly before he died, just like Floyd.

There was also the family of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was shot jogging earlier this year in Georgia by two men who claimed he looked like a suspect in a string of robberies.

“I stand with all mothers who have lost sons to these events,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper, told CNN Tuesday night. “We command change. We can’t lose another life to such tragedy. Something has to change.”

She said she believes her son also called out for her during his last moments.

“Ahmaud was killed in the streets as well and I know at some point, in the last minutes of his life, Ahmaud thought of me himself. I know that he cried out for me as well,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking to know that both left the way that they left.”

Changes across police departments

In the days after Floyd’s death, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the tactic Chauvin used isn’t one their officers are trained in and said there was no reason to employ it during the arrest.

“The technique that was used is not permitted,” Frey had said. “And our chief has been very clear on that piece. There is no reason to apply that kind of pressure with a knee to someone’s neck.”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced during Floyd’s funeral he was preparing to sign an executive order banning chokeholds in his city as well as enact other police reforms.

In Colorado, the Denver Police Department announced it was banning chokeholds and carotid compressions “with no exceptions.” The department announced more changes in their procedures, including that officers will have to report to a supervisor if they intentionally point a weapon at someone.

And in Washington, the governor announced he wants police across his state to restrict their use of chokeholds when restraining suspects.

“We need to rethink the use of police force, and look more broadly at police tactics,” he said. “Possibly there are things where life itself is in danger … but police are going to have to convince us that that’s the situation.”

In the nation’s capital, 35 members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to several federal agencies demanding an end to alleged surveillance of peaceful protesters as people across the country continue to demonstrate against police brutality following Floyd’s death.

CNN contributed to this report.