George Floyd lost his job like so many others during the Coronavirus stay-home order. Before his, beneath a police officer’s knee, George Floyde was suffering the same fate as millions of Americans during this pandemic. Mr. Floyd moved to Minneapolis from his native Houston, Texas several years ago in hopes of finding work and starting a new life, said Christopher Harris, Floyd’s lifelong friend.
“He was looking to start over fresh, a new beginning,” Harris said. “He was happy with the change he was making.”
What had happened to Mr. Floyd is horrific and no human being no matter what color they are should experience what he endured.
Harris, Floyd’s childhood friend, said he and some of their mutual friends had moved to Minneapolis in search of jobs around 2014. Harris said he talked Floyd into moving there as well after he got out of prison.Floyd landed a job working security at a Salvation Army store in downtown Minneapolis. He later started working two jobs, one driving trucks and another as a bouncer at Conga Latin Bistro, where he was known as “Big Floyd”.
“Always cheerful,” Jovanni Tunstrom, the bistro’s owner, said. “He had a good attitude. He would dance badly to make people laugh. I tried to teach him how to dance because he loved Latin music, but I couldn’t because he was too tall for me. He always called me ‘Bossman’. I said, ‘Floyd, don’t call me Bossman. I’m your friend.’”
Harris said Floyd was laid off when Minnesota shut down restaurants as part of a stay-at-home order to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. He said he spoke with Floyd on Sunday night and gave him some information for contacting a temporary jobs agency.
Floyd leaves behind a 6 year old.