MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — An Alabama man has arrived at George Floyd’s memorial in Minneapolis after setting out on a 1,000-mile protest walk in June.
Terry Willis, who is from Huntsville, Alabama, started walking towards Minneapolis on June 2 after seeing a video of Floyd’s death.
On Sunday, Willis arrived at Floyd’s memorial at 38th and Chicago.
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Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the handcuffed Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes. Four since-fired officers have been charged in the case.
Willis said he is completing the walk to honor Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Black people who were killed this year. Willis said that as a 35-year-old Black man and father, he was overwhelmed by their deaths and wanted to protest police violence and racial injustice.
Mayor Jacob Frey on Sunday proclaimed July 12 as Terry Willis Day in the city of Minneapolis.
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