Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, said George Floyd’s “purpose and his assignment” is to bring justice to the US.
She continued: “What I will say is that the assignment of George Floyd and the purpose will mean there will be no more 8:46 of police brutality,” a reference to the amount of time — 8 minutes and 46 seconds — that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck.
“There will be no more 8:46 of injustice and the mistreatment of African American men at the hands of the laws of this nation or anyone else. There will be no more 8:46 that you will be in pain without getting justice.”
Rep. Jackson Lee said that’s Floyd’s “assignment” has turned into a “purpose.” She said people around the world “are rising up that will never sit down until you get justice.”
“And so I say to George Floyd, it will be up to us that his purpose and his assignment for the justice of this nation, for the fact that there will never be the brutality faced by a man who says, ‘I can’t breathe’ and calls to a mama who loved him so. That is the call for all of us.”