3/20 Coalition

Community members were able to have discussions with one another at the vigil to share their feelings on George Floyd's murder and what the future may look like.
Jade Campos / WPSU

The nation commemorated the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s death Tuesday. In State College, the 3/20 Coalition gathered to honor the Floyd’s life with a vigil. 

Around 80 community members gathered at Sydney Friedman Park to mark one year since a Minneapolis police officer murdered Floyd by kneeling on him for nearly 9 minutes. The event included a silent march, community conversations and a drum performance by the group Roots of Life.

In this file photo, marchers participate in a May 31, 2020, protest in State College against police brutality and racism.
Min Xian / WPSU

It’s been one year since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The nine-minute video of a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck led to nationwide protests and calls for reform. Some residents of the Central Pennsylvania Black community talked with WPSU about what Floyd’s death meant to them. 

Harriett Gaston of Altoona remembers the first time she watched the video of a policeman killing George Floyd.

Osaze Osagie, a 29-year-old State College man, was fatally shot by police on March 20, 2019.
Osagie Family

The 3/20 Coalition is holding a number of events this weekend in downtown State College to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the police killing of Osaze Osagie. 

Since last Friday, the 3/20 Coalition has held daily events to honor the life of Osagie. Coalition co-leader Tierra Williams said that’s to keep people engaged for more than a day.

In this file photo, marchers participate in a May 31, 2020, protest in State College against police brutality and racism.
Min Xian / WPSU

A State College community group that’s been pushing for police reform is encouraging members of the public to voice their opinions at a public hearing the borough is holding Monday night for its 2021 proposed budget, including police funding.

“The police officers are supposed to serve and protect the community, and as of now, we don’t feel as if they’re doing that," said Tierra Williams, co-chair of the 3/20 Coalition, a local group pushing for police reforms.