George Floyd

The Christopher Columbus statue that stood outside City Hall for more than 60 years stands no more.

A new mural for George Floyd in downtown Yellow Springs.
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There’s a new memorial mural for George Floyd in Yellow Springs. Artist Pierre Nagley tells WYSO’s Jason Reynolds he just had to document this moment in American history.

Nagley says he, like millions of others, was deeply impacted by watching the video of George Floyd being killed by a Minneapolis police officer.

“It seemed like he was pleading to his mother,” Nagley says. “There was a moment when he said, ‘They’re gonna kill me, momma,’ and it was heartbreaking.”

Marcy Bailey speaks to the crowd at Courthouse Square about her son Kareem Ali Nadir Jones, who was shot and killed by Columbus police officers in 2017.
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A Better Dayton Coalition organized a memorial service today at Courthouse Square in honor of George Floyd and other victims of police violence, as mourners gathered in Houston for Floyd’s funeral.

Residents march through the Oregon District on May 30 protesting the killing of George Floyd.
Leila Goldstein / WYSO

From marches to vigils to die-ins, cities across the country have been holding demonstrations over the last week. Residents are protesting police brutality against Black people following the killing of George Floyd. These events will continue this weekend in communities throughout the Miami Valley.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine at his April 8, 2020 coronavirus briefing
The Ohio Channel

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a member of the Ohio National Guard after federal officials, Gov. Mike DeWine says, revealed information they say indicates the guard member expressed white supremacist ideology online before being deployed to assist with protest security in Washington, D.C.

In his regular coronavirus briefing Friday, DeWine told reporters the unidentified guard member is suspended from all missions as the investigation continues.

Updated at 4:53 p.m. ET

A memorial was held Thursday for George Floyd, who died last week after a police officer pressed a knee into his neck while detaining him in Minneapolis, triggering protests across the country.

In front of a golden casket and flower bouquets, and against a backdrop of artwork depicting Floyd saying, "I can breathe now," his brother Philonise shared memories of growing up together, eating banana mayonnaise sandwiches and sleeping in the same bed as kids.

Protesters began to gather at the front of Dayton's Federal Building around 11:30 a.m., filling the lawn and sidewalk areas.
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A peaceful protest turned into a skirmish with police officers in downtown Dayton, as hundreds gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.

Around 400 people gathered midday Saturday to protest police violence against Black people. Floyd died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd down with his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday expressed “sorrow and disgust” at the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, saying the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck while he cried out for breath violated “every principle of human decency.”