Sharpton announced the plan Thursday while delivering a eulogy for Floyd, a Black man who died last week after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd repeatedly gasped, â€œI canâ€™t breathe.â€Â
â€œWeâ€™re going back to Washington,â€ Sharpton told the crowd, specifically addressing Martin Luther King III, who was in attendance. â€œThatâ€™s where your father stood in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial and said, â€˜I have a dream.â€™ Well, weâ€™re going back this August 28 to restore and recommit that dream, to stand up.â€
â€œThis is the era to deal with policing and criminal justice,â€ he added, noting the march would specifically be used to call for a federal policing equality act.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floydâ€™s neck, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. The three other officers who were with Chauvin at the time â€•Â Tou Thao,Â Thomas Lane and J. Alexander KuengÂ â€•Â were arrested Wednesday and charged with aiding and abettingÂ Floydâ€™s murder.
Medical examinersÂ concludedÂ Floydâ€™s cause of death was â€œhomicide by asphyxia.â€