NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The brother of George Floyd is coming to help lead a rally in New Brunswick.
Terrence Floyd will be in the Hub City for the event on Sunday, Sept. 20, organizer Tormel Pittman has told TAPinto New Brunswick.
Floyd has spread a message of peace and anti-gun violence at several protests and other events he has attended since his brother's death in Minneapolis on May 25.
George died after being pinned to the ground by a police officer's knee for 8 minutes, 46 seconds.
His death has prompted thousands to take to the streets of several cities across the nation to decry police misconduct and systemic racism.
Then, smoldering feelings were enflamed when police officer Rusten Sheskey shot seven times as Jacob Blake attempted to get into a car on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wis. Blake, who was struck four times, is paralyzed from the waist down and is suffering other medical issues in the wake of the shooting.
The incident touched off widespread protests - some that devolved into rioting and looting - in the city in southeastern part of the state.
Through the pain of losing his brother, Terrence Floyd has continually called for peace.
Less than a week after he lost his brother, Floyd returned to the same corner where police officer Derek Chauvin pinned his brother down. He told the crowd that no amount of violence and destruction is "going to bring my brother back."
He was in Brooklyn on Tuesday to attend the unveiling of a 12-foot-tall mural of rapper Pop Smoke, who died in May after a targeted shooting.
According to a published report, Terrence told the crowd, “If you never hear it from anyone else, I love you. Put the guns down. Protecting your family is different than shooting your own people just to get a rep — it’s not cool."
Pittman has led and organized several peaceful yet impassioned rallies across the state in recent months. The ones in New Brunswick have been attended by Black, white and Hispanic people, young and old.
Last month, the New Brunswick native arranged to have Gwen Carr, Eric Garner's mother, attend a rally in the Hub City.
Garner uttered with his last gasps of life, “I can’t breathe,” and it has become a slogan chanted at many rallies.
In fact, Pittman and several other protestors have marched through the streets wearing shirts emblazoned with the words "I Can't Breathe Again" - a reference to the deaths of both Garner and Floyd.
The Sept. 20 rally will start at 3 p.m. at Feaster Park at the corner of Throop Avenue and Handy Street - near the location where Barry Deloatch was shot by police in 2011.