Prayer Service Marks "George Floyd Remembrance Day" outside Dallas City Hall

Alan Scaia
June 05, 2020 - 3:11 pm

DALLAS (KRLD) - Ministers from several faiths led a prayer service outside Dallas City Hall Friday, followed by a period of silence dedicated to George Floyd, the man who died after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee across his neck.

"All over the world, people are saying 'Justice for George,' and we're also saying, 'Justice for America,'" Sharon Patterson, senior pastor of Hamilton Park United Methodist Church, said during an opening prayer. "Black, White, Latino, Asian, we're all coming together."

Mayor Eric Johnson and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson also spoke at the event, which included eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence at 8:46 a.m. to mark the length the former officer pinned Floyd to the ground.

"The killing of our brother, George Floyd, hurts, like it hurts anyone who has a heart and has a conscience who saw that video," Johnson said.

Johnson declared Friday "George Perry Floyd Remembrance Day." He said he will work to continue reforms after protests end, but he says he is glad the protests are happening.

Johnson said ​anyone who has seen the video "who has a heart and has a conscience" is hurting.

"But if you're African American, you probably also placed what you saw in the context of the fact that our people were brought into this county 400 years ago for the very purpose of racial injustice," he said.

Eddie Bernie Johnson said not every law enforcement officer is a "bad person" and not every African American is a "good person."

"That's why we have laws," she said. "It doesn't matter who the person was who was murdered. What matters is it was wrong."

Eric Johnson knelt during eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence, which started at 8:46 a.m. to mark the amount of time Derek Chauvin had his knee across Floyd's neck. Some in the crowd laid down.

After the period of silence, people in the crowd started chanting, "Say his name. George Floyd." Rickie Rush, the pastor of Inspiring Body of Christ, then delivered a closing prayer, saying he is glad the period of silence made people uncomfortable.

"All of the emotions that we could say, fear, anger, frustration, we have now been made to feel uncomfortable," "And when we feel uncomfortable, we do things to make us feel comfortable."