Governor promises action to family of George Floyd
Gov. Greg Abbott pledged to institute police reforms when he met with the Houston family of George Floyd, who was handcuffed and killed by police in front of a Minneapolis convenience store on May 25.
Video footage showed the 46-year-old Floyd subdued by four uniformed officers and pinned down on the pavement, one of them pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd lost consciousness and was later pronounced dead. Outrage over Floyd’s death and other police-involved deaths of African-Americans inspired protest marches in cities across Texas, the United States and around the world over the last three weeks.
Abbott told reporters he met with the Floyd family in their home June 9 to assure them that George Floyd did not die in vain and that his life “would be the stimulant for reforms that will make Texas and the country a better place.”
Abbott said there was no reason for a police officer to have his knee on Floyd’s neck, that there must be better strategies for police to use, and that reforms would be a priority in the 87th Texas Legislature.
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