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George Floyds Girlfriend Speaks Out About His Death: He Would Give Grace

Courteney Ross, the girlfriend of the late George Floyd who was pronounced dead Monday after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck, told reporters that Floyd would have objected to the chaos that has erupted after his death and would seek to forgive.

“You know, if he was here, he would say that hes a man of God. He would stand on that firmly,” Ross told a reporter with local Minneapolis CBS news affiliate WCCO. “He stood up for people, he was there for people when they were down, he loved people that were thrown away.”

Protests erupted Tuesday, a day after Floyds death in a confrontation with police. In a citizen video widely shared on social media, Floyd can be seen pleading as Officer Derek Chauvin presses his knee against him. Several minutes later, Floyd stops talking and moving.

Ross said Floyd would have objected to the violence, saying that he instead “would give grace.”

“He would,” Ross insisted. “I stand on that today he would still give grace to those people.”

“You cant fight fire with fire,” Ross told the outlet. “Everything just burns.”

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Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 28, 2020. (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)

Protesters torched a Minneapolis police station Thursday that the department was forced to abandon as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S.

“Ive seen it all day today. People hate. Theyre hating,” Ross said, adding, “theyre hating, theyre mad, and he would not want that.”

A police spokesman confirmed late Thursday that staff had evacuated the 3rd Precinct station, the focus of many of the protests.

Protesters gather around after setting fire to the entrance of a police station as demonstrations continue in Minneapolis
Protesters gather around after setting fire to the entrance of a police station as demonstrations continue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 28, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Livestream video showed the protesters entering the building, where fire alarms blared and sprinklers ran as blazes were set. The 3rd Precinct covers the portion of south Minneapolis where Floyd died while in police custody.

Among other casualties of the fires was a six-story building under construction that was to provide nearly 200 apartments of affordable housing.

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A burning multi-story affordable housing complex under construction near the Third Precinct, in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 27, 2020. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)

“Were burning our own neighborhood,” said a distraught Deona Brown, a 24-year-old woman standing with a friend outside the precinct station, where a small group of protesters were shouting at a dozen or so stone-faced police officers in riot gear. “This is where we live, where we shop, and they destroyed it.”

The protests that began Wednesday night and extended into Thursday were more violent than Tuesdays, which included skirmishes between offices and protesters but no widespread property damage.

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