39 Facts About George Floyd


George Floyd's dying words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying slogan.


George Floyd served four years in prison after accepting a plea bargain for a 2007 aggravated robbery in a home invasion.


When he was two, after George Floyd's parents separated, his mother moved with the children to the Cuney Homes public housing, known as the Bricks, in Houston's Third Ward, a historically African-American neighborhood.


George Floyd was called Perry as a child, but Big George Floyd; being over six feet tall in middle school, he saw sports as a vehicle for improving his life.


George Floyd attended Ryan Middle School, and graduated from Yates High School in 1993.


George Floyd was on the football team as a tight end, and in 1992, his team went to the Texas state championships.


The first of his siblings to go to college, George Floyd attended South Florida Community College for two years on a football scholarship, and played on the basketball team.


George Floyd became a friend of future NBA player Stephen Jackson, who was referred to as his "twin" because of their strong resemblance to one another, after being introduced to one another in the mid-1990s.


George Floyd returned to Houston from college in Kingsville, Texas, in 1995 where he became an automotive customizer and played club basketball.


Between 1997 and 2005, George Floyd served eight jail terms on various charges, including drug possession, theft, and trespass.


In one of these cases, George Floyd was convicted of possessing less than half a gram of crack cocaine in 2004 based on the sole testimony of police officer Gerald Goines.


In October 2021, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended George Floyd be pardoned for this conviction, but withdrew the recommendation in December 2021 citing "procedural errors and lack of compliance with board rules", while announcing that they would reconsider these recommendations.


In 2007, George Floyd faced charges for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon; according to investigators, he had entered an apartment by impersonating a water department worker and barging in with five other men, then held a pistol to a woman's stomach and searched for items to steal.


George Floyd was arrested three months later during a traffic stop, and victims of the robbery identified him from a photo array.


In 2009, George Floyd was sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea deal, and was paroled in January 2013.


George Floyd delivered meals to senior citizens and volunteered with other projects, such as the Angel By Nature Foundation, a charity founded by rapper Trae tha Truth.


Later, George Floyd became involved with a ministry that brought men from the Third Ward to Minnesota in a church-work program with drug rehabilitation and job placement services.


In 2014, George Floyd moved to Minneapolis to help rebuild his life and find work.


George Floyd expressed the need for a job and took up security work at Harbor Light Center, a Salvation Army homeless shelter.


George Floyd lost the job at Harbor Light and took several other jobs.


George Floyd hoped to earn a commercial driver's license to operate trucks.


George Floyd passed the required drug test and administrators of the program felt his criminal past did not pose a problem, but he dropped out as his job at a nightclub made it difficult to attend morning classes, and he felt pressure to earn money.


George Floyd later moved to St Louis Park and lived with former colleagues.


George Floyd continued to battle drug addiction and went through periods of use and sobriety.


An influential member of his community, George Floyd was respected for his ability to relate with others in his environment based on a shared experience of hardships and setbacks, having served time in prison and living in a poverty-stricken project in Houston.


In May 2019, George Floyd was detained by Minneapolis police when an unlicensed car in which he was a passenger was pulled over in a traffic stop.


George Floyd told police he did not sell the pills and that they were related to his own addiction.


In 2019, George Floyd worked in security at the El Nuevo Rodeo club, where police officer Derek Chauvin worked off-duty as a security guard.


In 2020, George Floyd was working part time as a security guard at the Conga Latin Bistro club, and began another job as a delivery driver.


On May 25,2020, police were called by a Cup Foods grocery store employee who suspected that George Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 bill.


George Floyd was sitting in a car with two other passengers.


On March 12,2021, the Minneapolis city council approved a settlement of $27 million to the George Floyd family following a wrongful death lawsuit.


On June 4,2020, a memorial service for George Floyd took place in Minneapolis with Al Sharpton delivering the eulogy.


George Floyd was buried next to his mother in Pearland, Texas.


Colleges and universities which have created scholarships in George Floyd's name included North Central University, Alabama State, Oakwood University, Missouri State University, Southeast Missouri State, Ohio University, Buffalo State College, Copper Mountain College, and others.


In 2020, social media-based artists and activists posted tributes to George Floyd, and one of the more popular tributes was a digital illustration created by Shirien Damra which had more than 3.4 million "likes" on instagram.


Beyond the creation of the mural, George Floyd's murder has brought attention to the presence of institutional racism within the United Kingdom.


The human rights advocacy group demanded that the police officers involved in the murder of George Floyd be held accountable.


George Floyd was the oldest of five siblings and had five children, including two daughters and an adult son.