A memorial service for George Floyd is being held in Raeford, North Carolina this afternoon while large scale demonstrations take place in Washington, DC and across the country to demand change. Concrete change to how police and law enforcement authorities are able to restrain and use force is already happening in some jurisdictions in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis, Minn, police officers. The underlying tension between law enforcement and the black community has yet to be addressed writ large. On Thursday, a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University took place with attendees and speakers including Rev. Al Sharpton, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, T.I., Ludacris, and others. Members of George Floyd’s family thanked those in attendance and those speaking up for their support. On Wednesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced an upgrade to the charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin from murder in the third degree to second-degree murder and announced aiding and abetting charges against the other police officers who were present at the death of George Floyd. 

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