George Floyd Remembered: A Look Back At The Past 12 Months

By Peyton Blakemore

May 24, 2021

It's been one year since the tragic death of George Floyd.

On May 25, 2020, former police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for over nine minutes as Floyd, who was handcuffed, laid face down on the ground calling out "I can't breathe." Floyd's murder sparked protests around the world as millions called for justice not only in his case but also for the countless other Black Americans who have been killed by police officers. 

Keep scrolling to take a look back at the past 12 months. 

Protesters march down 5th avenue in solidarity for police reform on June 10, 2020, in New York City.

A girl holds her fist in the air while visiting the memorial for George Floyd on June 9, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Residents of the community, and people around the world, have come together in calling for an end to police brutality after the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25th.

A woman with 'BLM' written on her cheek poses for a picture during a demonstration on May 31, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Attorney Ben Crump, Rev. Al Sharpton and the family of George Floyd kneel for 8:46 seconds during a news conference on March 29, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rev. Al Sharpton, Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee arrive at the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

People celebrate the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue on April 20, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer was found guilty of all three charges in the murder of George Floyd.

Police hold a perimeter near the White House as demonstrators gather to protest the killing of George Floyd in the morning hours on May 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Demonstrators lay down on Pennsylvania Avenue during a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on June 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. Protests in cities throughout the country have been held after the death of George Floyd.

Protesters march on June 15, 2020 in New York City.

People walk over the Brooklyn Bridge following a memorial service for George Floyd. Floyd’s brother, Terrence, Mayor Bill de Blasio, local politicians and civic and religious leaders also attended the event before marching over the Brooklyn Bridge.

People protest outside the CNN Center on May 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 McDonald's Chevrolet, wears a "I Can't Breathe - Black Lives Matter" T-shirt under his fire suit in solidarity with protesters around the world, stands during the national anthem prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 07, 2020 in Hampton, Georgia.

Liverpool players take a knee in memory of George Floyd at Anfield on June 01, 2020 in Liverpool, England.

Members of Spark-Y, a nonprofit youth empowerment group, shovel soil while building a garden in a memorial spot for George Floyd on June 17, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Residents of the community, and people around the world, have come together in calling for an end to police brutality after the death of George Floyd.

People participate in a die-in during a demonstration on August 17, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

People protest outside the CNN Center on May 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Protesters march on Hiawatha Avenue while decrying the killing of George Floyd on May 26, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired after a video taken by a bystander was posted on social media showing Floyd's neck being pinned to the ground by an officer as he repeatedly said, "I can’t breathe". Floyd was later pronounced dead while in police custody after being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center.

A man kneels and raises his fist in the air for eight minutes and 46 seconds -- the time that George Floyd was pinned under a police officer's knee -- during a march and protest to mark the Juneteenth holiday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when a Union general read orders in Galveston, Texas stating all enslaved people in Texas were free according to federal law, effectively ending slavery in what remained of the Confederacy.

Activists march over the Manhattan bridge during a rally on May 31, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Protesters demonstrated for the fourth straight night after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pinning Floyd's neck to the ground.

A demonstrator holds her hands up while she kneels in front of the Police at the Anaheim City Hall on June 1, 2020 in Anaheim, California, during a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd.

Children walk in the Say Their Names Cemetery near the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue on April 4, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In pouring rain, demonstrators protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd near Lafayette Park and the White House, on June 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Jevon Sutton yells, "I can't breathe," while joining thousands of people as they stage a die-in next to the Colorado State Capitol with their hands behind their backs to protest the death of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.

Thousands of people listen as Denver Broncos players speak at a protest for the death of George Floyd on June 6, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. This is the 12th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

Pallbearers bring the casket into the church for the funeral for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church on June 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

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