Floyd’s mourners stand for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, a symbol of US police brutality

People attending a memorial service for George Floyd stand in silence at North Central University, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Reuters)

Mourners at George Floyd’s memorial service are standing for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, a span that has become a potent symbol of police brutality.

The Rev. Al Sharpton exhorted Floyd’s family, civil rights leaders, politicians, athletes and celebrities at the service on Thursday to stand as a commitment to justice in Floyd’s name. Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, who died in police custody in New York City in 2014, stood on stage with Sharpton and comedian Tiffany Haddish.

Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr left, joins the Rev. Al Sharpton, center and entertainer Tiffany Haddish left on stage for 8 minutes, 46 seconds of silence during a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP)

Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr left, joins the Rev. Al Sharpton, center and entertainer Tiffany Haddish left on stage for 8 minutes, 46 seconds of silence during a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP)

Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died on May 25 as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, ignoring his cries and bystander shouts until Floyd eventually stopped moving.

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In the days since his death, protesters have seized on 8 minutes, 46 seconds — the time given in a criminal complaint that the officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck — as a way to honor Floyd.

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