Reynolds To Delay Press Conference Due to Floyd Funeral
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, and three of his fellow former officers as accessories to the crime, after video of Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for an extended period of time sparked worldwide outrage and protests that continue. Today is the day planned for Floyd's funeral, and it is scheduled at what would be the normally scheduled time of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds' press conference to discuss Iowa's COVID-19 situation among other matters.
Out of respect for Floyd, his family, and the issues surrounding his death, Reynolds will not use this day to hold that 11 a.m. press conference.
Reynolds' office says the regular press conference will now move to this Wednesday, June 10 at 11 in the conference room at the state capitol.
KCRG says Reynolds first used her June 1 briefing to make remarks on Floyd, saying she was "ready to have a respectful dialogue about what was needed to address racial injustices, including if the discussions were “very uncomfortable and eye-opening". That respectful and mostly peaceful dialogue has been going on across Iowa ever since.
As for information on how to view the funeral service, which comes two weeks after Floyd's death, click here. It's an important moment time that many in our country will want to honor, including Governor Reynolds, who will show respect and not meet with the press as planned.