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Demonstration Held In Pittsburgh One Year After George Floyd's Murder

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KDKA's Royce Jones has more from Westinghouse Park.

Video Transcript

- And in Pittsburgh, a demonstration is being held at Westinghouse Park in Point Breeze. And people began gathering there about an hour ago.

- Their goal is to reflect on the past year and on Floyd's life. Royce Jones is live in Point Breeze with a look at the service there now. Royce?

ROYCE JONES: Here in Westinghouse Park, people are remembering George Floyd with a rally and memorial service, and many people across our area are recognizing his death as a push-start for police accountability.

TANISHA LONG: There's a lot about George Floyd's case that made it the catalyst.

ROYCE JONES: One year ago, under the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin--

- Get off of his neck!

ROYCE JONES: For 10 minutes, the world watched as George Floyd pleaded for air until his final breath. Images some still feel haunted by 'til this day.

SUSAN HOWARD: I get anxiety attacks. And every time I see that man-- I don't even like to call him an officer-- put his knee on George Floyd's neck, it's heartbreaking.

- George Floyd! Louder!

ROYCE JONES: Calls for justice around the world were echoed across our region, as hundreds of thousands took to the streets last summer in protest of police violence.

TANISHA LONG: With George Floyd, a lot of people were like, oh, OK, we finally believe you. When really, you know, it's been happening this whole time, and they should have believed us this whole time.

ROYCE JONES: Actions that would later spur sweeping changes to local law enforcement, including tougher regulations on solitary confinement in the Allegheny County Jail and nixing no-knock warrants in the city of Pittsburgh. But agencies like the city-funded Citizen's Police Review Board foresee further changes, including increased diversity in the police department and more education for officers.

BETH PITTINGER: There's more in the mandate from the charter than just investigating and processing complaints against police officers. There's rapport to be built in the community. There is expanding our ability to work with the schools.

ROYCE JONES: The five-member Citizen's Police Review Board is also calling on city leaders to boost their budget to create their own community engagement team to oversee police.

And some of the people that we spoke with today told me that they plan on recognizing this day annually. Reporting live in Point Breeze, I'm Royce Jones, KDKA News.