Black Lives Matter protests and George Floyd monument service

The Floyd family has an updated monument and public display details

The moon is visible behind the Fountain of Praise church, where services will be held for George Floyd on June 8, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Democrats vowed on June 7, 2020, to crack down on legislation to combat systematic racism in enforcing U.S. law as the battle for change sparked by the assassination of police officer George Floyd began to shift from the streets to politics. Protests continued across the country on Sunday – including in Washington, New York and Florida’s Winter Park – as protesters began to focus their initial outrage at the death of unarmed Floyd on demands for police reform and social justice. (Photo: Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE / AFP via Getty Images) Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty Images

Houston officials are expecting thousands of mourners during today’s visit George Floyd, whose death at the Minneapolis police station sparked protests around the United States and around the world.

Floyd will be buried in Houston next to his mother, according to Fort Bend Monument Design Center.

The public is invited to attend the visit from noon to 6 p.m. local time, said La’Torria Lemon, a spokesman for the funeral.

“We expect about 10,000 and that’s what we’re preparing,” he said.

To comply with the rules of social distance, 15 people will be allowed each time in The Fountain of Praise. Guests will have the right to stay within no more than 10 minutes after the body is displayed. Guests must wear a mask and gloves and casual attire is allowed.

Floyd’s connection to Houston: Floyd, 46, grew up in the city’s Third Field. He graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1992, where he helped the football team win the state title. He also played basketball there, Lemoni said.

Before moving to Minneapolis, Floyd was known on the Houston music scene, rap with a band called Screwed Up Clik (SUC).

Floyd’s body is already in Houston, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

“#GeorgeFloyd and his family are safe in Houston,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

It was “a big deal for our city to bring him back home,” Acevedo said. “He is known, he is known to many of our officers. We want to ensure that the family is safe, that the movement is safe. We want to make sure the family knows we are here for them and we support them right now.”

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