Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz visited the site of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police for the first time Wednesday, telling mourners, “I have to personally and viscerally feel this.”
“I don’t think we get another chance to fix this in this country,” Walz said, according to CNN. “I think being at the heart of this and seeing the community’s pain so viscerally, this is going to have to be that change that we look for.”
The intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, where 46-year-old Floyd, a black man, died on Memorial Day after being pinned down by a white police officer, has become a shrine to his death, which has also sparked national outrage and has fueled massive protests worldwide.
His death was ruled a homicide by the coroner’s office.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop shown on viral video pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes, was fired and is now charged with second-degree murder.
The other three officers at the scene were also fired and were charged Wednesday with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, CNN said. Arrest warrants have been issued for the three alleged accomplices.
The FBI and state authorities are investigating the incident.
“I very much worry about politicians appropriating black pain,” said Walz, who is white. “And that’s certainly not it. I have to personally and viscerally feel this.”
Floyd’s son, Quincy Mason Floyd, also visited the site Wednesday, kneeling in prayer at the scene of his father’s death.