In an effort to offer his support towards George Floyd, Terry Willis embarked on a 1,000+ mile journey to Minnesota.
According to Kare 11, Willis’ trek began on June 2 from Alabama with a goal of bringing awareness to racial injustices in America. At the moment, he is on the final leg of his journey – the spot where Floyd died at the hands of police brutality in Minneapolis.
Willis explained that after seeing the video of former cop Derek Chauvin that he wanted to take a stand. “It was watching a cop – someone who’s supposed to protect us – murder a man on camera,” he said. “I knew I had to do something.”
He added, “I could have been George Floyd. That’s why it really hits home.”
For the journey, Anthony Brown has been following Willis in a truck that contains over 15 pairs of shoes while documenting the experience on social media. “We all know that we need change in this world, and it’s sad that it’s taken this long and this many murders for us all to start doing something,” the Alabama native said.
The news of Willis’ journey came after over 150 Minneapolis officers filed for disability claims, saying that they are experiencing PTSD following the death of Floyd. “Following the George Floyd incident, unfortunately it became too much and as a result they were unable to, and are unable to, continue on and move forward,” Attorney Ron Meuser said. “They feel totally and utterly abandoned.”
He continued, “The men and women in public safety who give their heart and soul to serve Minneapolis and keep it safe deserve to have Minneapolis leaders to step up and support them. Instead of spending time plotting the dismantling of the force, let’s come together to improve community trust and work towards a safer city for all.”