George Floyd, who was black, died in Minneapolis police custody Monday after a white officer kneeled on his neck long past the point when he lost consciousness, according to court documents. That officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Similar protests erupted in other Texas cities Friday, including Dallas and Fort Worth.
“It should not have happened,” Abbott said. “Obviously, from everything I have seen, this is a consequence of poor police work.”
Photographer Pu Ying Huang was in Houston on Friday to document the scene, which at one point included police officers using tear gas to disperse crowds, according to the Houston Chronicle.
First: John Morrison, a community activist, spoke at a Black Lives Matter rally for George Floyd at Houston City Hall. Last: Protesters gathered at the Houston rally. Floyd, a former Houston resident, died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck.
Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune
First: Alea Rolison wore a mask that read, “I can’t breathe,” at a Houston rally. Last: Protestors marched at a rally for George Floyd in Houston.