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Gov. Mike DeWine calls for statewide moment of silence upon start of George Floyd memorial service





After canceling Thursday’s coronavirus briefing “out of respect” for George Floyd’s memorial service which is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. in Minneapolis, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is calling for all Ohioans to observe a statewide moment of silence.

“Governor Mike DeWine is requesting that all Ohioans observe a moment of silence at 2:00 p.m. today in remembrance of George Floyd,” a press release from DeWine’s office states.

The statewide moment of silence corresponds with the scheduled start of his memorial service in Minneapolis.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.

Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street, while two other officers further restrained Floyd and a fourth prevented onlookers from intervening.

Floyd’s death is just the most recent instance of a recurring episode of a black man dying at the hands of a white police officer.

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