The family and girlfriend of the Minnesota man killed by police earlier this week are asking for residents to protest peacefully.
"Waking up this morning to see Minneapolis on fire would be something that would devastate Floyd," said Courteney Ross, George Floyd's fiance and resident of the city. "He loved the city. He came here [from Houston] and stayed here for the people and the opportunities. … Floyd was a gentle giant. He was about love and about peace."
Floyd died on Monday after a Minneapolis police officer restrained him by putting a knee on his neck. The four officers involved in the incident have been fired.
Ross said she wants protesters "to know that I understand their frustration. … I want people to protest in a peaceful way."
Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing the Floyd family, echoed the sentiments, saying the family "wants peace."
🔦 Protests over Floyd's death have taken place in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Memphis, Tennessee.