Cork City Council opens digital book of condolence for George Floyd

Cork City Council opens digital book of condolence for George Floyd
Demonstrators protest Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Cork City Council has opened a digital book of condolence for the people of Cork to express their sympathies to the family of George Floyd who died while being restrained by a police officer in the United States.

Green Party City Councillor Dan Boyle contacted the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan yesterday afternoon seeking to have a book of condolences opened in City Hall for the late Mr Floyd.

Speaking to The Echo yesterday, Cllr Boyle, who was born in Chicago, said that “what happened in the case of George Floyd, and in the case of too many before and since then, is abhorrent”.

“For eight minutes and forty-eight seconds Derek Chauvin held his knee on George Floyd’s neck, while Floyd told him that he couldn’t breathe.

People fill Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, before a memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
People fill Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, before a memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

“Too many times something like this has happened, even just in recent memory, and if we don’t stand against injustice like this, if you’re silent now – whether you’re in Cork or Kansas – then you’re standing with the injustice,” he said.

Cllr Boyle added that those suffering these injustices need to know “they are not alone in the world”.

Mr Floyd’s death has sparked mass protests across America and globally.

Police officer, Derek Chauvin has been charged with second degree murder and three other police officers involved in the arrest have been charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder.

The digital book 

is open from today until Wednesday, June 17.

Responses will be collected and sent to the US Embassy in Dublin, for it to be passed along to the family of George Floyd.

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