George Perry Floyd Jr. (1973 – 2020) was a 'gentle giant' at 6 ft 4. While in school he helped lead the football team to the Texas state championships. He graduated in 1993 and became an automotive customizer and played club basketball. In 1994 he became a rapper, "Big Floyd" in the group Screwed Up Click. He has been credited as being an early contributor to the development of Houston's hip-hop scene. He also acted as an informal community leader and mentor to young men.
In 2009 he was sentenced to five years in prison for taking part in a armed robbery in a home invasion. He was released in 2013 and became a security guard and a truck driver. He filmed a anti gun violence video in 2017. On May 25, 2020 he was arrested for passing a counterfeit note at a convenience store. He was held to the ground by the knee of a police officer and stated repeatedly, 'I can't breathe.' After five minutes of this, he became unresponsive but the officer still held him down for another three minutes. No attempt was made to revive him. He died of a cardiac arrest. At the time of his death, he was under the influence of fentanyl and had methamphetamine in his system. There were two autopsy's with the second commissioned by his family. When the footage of the incident was released, outrage followed, with local protests soon spreading to other cities in the U.S. and subsequently 46 other countries with an additional 20 deaths (at time of writing 7/6/20).
George Floyd has become a symbol, a driving force behind one of the largest civil rights movements in history.