© 2023 90.7 WMFE. All Rights Reserved.
Public Media for Central Florida
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Black Lives Matter Protesters in Orlando Talk George Floyd's Funeral, The Future of the Movement

Photo: Mike Labrum
Photo: Mike Labrum

Protesters gathered outside of Orlando City Hall to mark the funeral of George Floyd in Texas today. 

Lanique Faison who was holding a Black Lives Matter sign, said she didn’t watch the televised service, as she felt it wasn’t for the public. 

[caption id="attachment_156315" align="aligncenter" width="400"]

Lanique Faison. Photo: Danielle Prieur[/caption]

“One his death shouldn’t have happened. Two his death was not for us to see. Three his funeral was not for us to see. It wouldn’t make me feel any better and I feel like that was just for his family.”

[audio wav="https://www.wmfe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/lanique.wav"][/audio]

James Finfgeld said he's been watching Floyd’s funeral all day today-and he also rewatched the video of Floyd’s death.

[caption id="attachment_156314" align="aligncenter" width="400"]

James Finfgeld. Photo: Danielle Prieur[/caption]

“I watched the whole video again today and it made me sick. Like he wasn't moving on the ground and the guy was still kneeling on him. That's just ridiculous.” 

[audio wav="https://www.wmfe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/james.wav"][/audio]

Standing a few paces away, Jessica Belanger says she watched some of Floyd’s funeral.

[caption id="attachment_156313" align="aligncenter" width="400"]

Jessica Belanger. Photo: Danielle Prieur[/caption]

“It's happening and his family can have peace now. But at the same time he shouldn’t be having a funeral today because he should be alive and well with his family and his daughter and everything else experiencing life.” 

[audio wav="https://www.wmfe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/jessica-.wav"][/audio]

Faison, Finfgeld and Belanger all want to see changes to policing, from new training and screening policies to requiring officers who witness brutality to step in and stop it. 

Orange County Sheriff John Mina says his office will implement a “duty to intervene” policy which will require officers to intervene during and report on brutality. 
If you'd like to listen to the story, click on the clips above.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.