Group gathers at Ohio Statehouse to mark 1 year anniversary of George Floyd's death

Haley Nelson

May 25, 2021

People once again gathering at the Statehouse, this time to mark the anniversary.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — People marked one year of change Tuesday and one year since the death of George Floyd.

"This is a community issue. A lot of times this organizing comes across as an attack on law enforcement, but really we all have an interest from a human rights perspective, from a community perspective to look out for one another to be safe," community organizer Morgan Harper said.

People once again gathering at the Statehouse, this time to mark the anniversary.

"First, we wanted to acknowledge that it has been a year since George Floyd passed away, which of course didn't happen in Columbus, but at this time last year, I think it was a big moment of awareness building in terms of a lot of the violence that had already occurred in Columbus for a lot of people and bringing them into the movement," Harper said.

Some people held red balloons as mothers, community activists and neighbors spoke to the group.

"I think we are pushing for what any person any human is pushing for kindness, compassion, better understanding," Donald Wiggins Jr., legal counsel for the group pushing to end qualified immunity, said.

In the past year since Floyd's death, we've seen city leaders approve big changes: a new police chief who is an outsider will be chosen soon, a civilian review board to investigate police incidents, and city council has had several hearings about public safety.

This has all brought in a lot of different opinions about the impact here in Central Ohio.

You can hear more of these conversations and opinions in a story Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. on ABC 6. We will take a deeper look at the impact of these changes, talking to activists and officers.

One thing that's clear, people who spoke with ABC6/FOX28 say this past year is unlike any other: simply unprecedented.