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.