De Blasio to kneel in honor of George Floyd on anniversary of death

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Mayor Bill de Blasio will join faith leaders in Harlem to kneel in tribute to George Floyd on the one-year anniversary of his death on Tuesday.

The tribute will last for nine minutes and 29 seconds, the length of time that then-police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck while he was under arrest in Minneapolis.

The event, which is hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN), will also call for the passage of the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act in the US Senate.

The legislation would ban chokeholds and do away with “qualified immunity” for law enforcement.

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the killing of Floyd. He will be sentenced  on June 16.

Tuesday’s event will be followed by a mayoral forum in the evening at the NAN’s House of Justice that will focus on topics related to civil rights, social justice and closing the racial gap in the wake of the pandemic.

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