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After solemn memorial, mourners gather around the country to remember George Floyd

Demonstrators across the country participated in silent protests on June 4 to remember George Floyd, who died in police custody. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/The Washington Post)

Mourners gathered by the thousands in cities around the country Thursday night to remember George Floyd, following a private memorial service in Minneapolis for the 46-year-old black man whose death in police custody sparked widespread protests against police violence and systemic racism.

“At the end of the day, my brother’s gone, but the Floyd name lives on,” Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, told a sea of supporters at a rally in Brooklyn. “I thank God for y’all.”

Later on Thursday, Buffalo police suspended two officers over a viral video of police seriously injuring a 75-year-old peaceful protester. After other videos showed New York City police arresting a man delivering food after curfew and violently confronting journalists on the street, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised changes.