Alabama man to finish 1,000-mile walk at Floyd memorial

July 11, 2020 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Alabama man plans to complete a 1,000-mile protest walk at the site where George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Terry Willis, who is from Huntsville, Alabama, started walking towards Minneapolis on June 2 after seeing a video of Floyd’s death. Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the handcuffed Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes. Four since-fired officers have been charged in the case.

Willis said he is completing the walk to honor Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Black people who were killed this year. Willis said that as a 35-year-old Black man and father, he was overwhelmed by their deaths and wanted to protest police violence and racial injustice.