Gianna Floyd — the 6-year-old daughter of the late George Floyd — honors her father’s legacy.
In a touching clip shared by retired NBA player Stephen Jackson, a friend of George, Gianna sits on top of Stephen’s shoulders and proudly declares, “Daddy changed the world!”
“That’s right GiGi, ‘Daddy changed the world’” Stephen wrote Tuesday on Instagram. “George Floyd the name of change. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #ivehadenough Love to all who have love for all.”
That day, Gianna’s mother Roxie Washington spoke at a press conference in Minneapolis eight days after George died following being pinned to the ground by white police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee.
“I don’t have a lot to say, because I can’t get my words together right now,” Roxie told reporters. “But I want everybody to know that this is what those officers took. At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families.”
Roxie highlighted the heartbreaking fact that Gianna no longer has her father, and he’ll never see their daughter experience significant life events.
“Gianna does not have a father. He will never see her grow up, graduate; he will never walk her down the aisle,” Roxie said.
“I’m here for my baby, and I’m here for George because I want justice for him. I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good,” Roxie added about George’s upstanding character.
“And this is the proof that he was a good man,” Roxie said, gesturing to Gianna.
On Monday, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled George’s death to be a homicide, and listed his cause of death as “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”
While an independent autopsy ordered by George’s family also ruled his death to be a homicide, the report states that his passing was “caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”