June 9 to be George Perry Floyd Day as Houston will Ban “Chokeholds and Strangle holds”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed that June 9 will be “George Perry Floyd Day” in the city of Houston.

As he delivered remarks at George Floyd’s funeral, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city’s attorney was drafting an executive order that he would go on to sign that “will ban chokeholds and strangle holds” and enact other police reforms.

“And what that order will say is that in this city, we will ban chokeholds and strangle holds. In this city, we will require de-escalation. In this city, you have to give a warning before you shoot. In this city, you have a duty to intervene. In this city, we will require comprehensive reporting. In this city, you must exhaust, all alternatives before shooting. And there will be other things in this executive order,” Turner said.

Turner called on the need to invest in communities that are underserved and underinvested.

The mayor expressed his gratitude to the Floyd family for “seeking justice” for Floyd and calling for protesters to demonstrate peacefully.

“I want to thank you on behalf of this city for seeking justice for George while at the same time asking people all around the world to do it respectfully and peacefully. On behalf of this city, I think we owe a great deal of gratitude to this family,” Turner said.

Updated: June 9, 2020 — 6:53 pm