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NYC Mayor Booed as 10,000 Honor George Floyd at Brooklyn Memorial Service 

HeadlineJun 05, 2020

On Thursday, over 10,000 people packed a downtown Brooklyn plaza as Terrence Floyd led a memorial service for his older brother George Floyd. The crowd erupted in boos and jeers as Mayor Bill de Blasio took the microphone.

Protesters: “De Blasio, go home! De Blasio, go home! De Blasio, go home!”

Mayor Bill de Blasio: “George Floyd cannot have been allowed to die in vain. We have to make a change in this city and this country.” 

Protesters: “Resign! Resign! Resign! Resign! Resign! Resign!”

As Mayor de Blasio left the stage, many of the protesters turned their backs and chanted for him to resign. Speaking a short time later, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams called on the mayor to address protesters’ “pain and anger” rather than responding with more police and curfews.

Jumaane Williams: “I hear the mayor and the governor say we have to do what we have to do to protect property. I want to say this as a citywide elected official: We must protect property. We must make sure people feel safe. But where is the same energy for Black lives?”

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