GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Chapters of the NAACP, including in Greenville, held a moment of silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds to honor George Floyd on Thursday.
Floyd died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying on the street.
“For eight minutes and 46 seconds, he held his knees on his neck until he was dead,” Rev. J.M. Flemming, NAACP Greenville Chapter’s president, said.
Flemming says he hopes the moment of silence and the protests help bring the end to the racism he and other black communities across the country face.
“We’re tired of dying, tired of dying, tired of being killed,” Flemming said. “For what? Even when you’re walking away with your hands up, you’re shot. You’re walking away, you’re shot in the back. We’re tired.”
More protests are planned in the Upstate in the coming days:
- Spartanburg Peaceful Protest — 2 p.m. Friday @ Valley Falls Rd (parking at USC Upstate)
- Gaffney We Hear You Rally — 10 a.m. Saturday @ Henry Jolly Park
- Greenville NAACP Prayer Rally — 7 p.m. Saturday @ Kroc Center Soccer Field
- Greenville Memorial for George Floyd — 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. @ Falls Park