Genoa Barrow | The Sacramento Observer
SACRAMENTO – They’d say it was all orchestrated by a higher power, but Sacramento’s Genesis Church family clearly played a major role in organizing the recent memorial service in Minneapolis, Minnesota for George Floyd. Floyd died on May 25 yelling out “I can’t breathe” as a White police officer pressed down on his neck with his knee for nearly nine minutes.
Genesis’ Senior Pastor Dr. Tecoy Porter spearheaded the June 4 service as president of the Sacramento Chapter of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN). Rev. Sharpton delivered eulogies at the memorial service and Floyd’s funeral in Houston the following week.
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Antonio Harvey | The Sacramento Observer
The community, especially the Black people living with and sharing common attitudes and interests, praised Steinberg’s call-to-action. Greater Sacramento Urban League President and CEO Cassandra Jennings and local NAN president Dr. Tecoy Porter verbally applauded the mayor.
“I believe that the changes mayor Steinberg and our city council are calling for in the creation of the independent Inspector General position … and the creation of a new city corps of non-law enforcement responders … are important and significant first steps,” said Dr. Porter.
Sarah Mizes-Tan | Capital Public Radio News
Mayor Darrell Steinberg has announced a proposal for police reform in the city of Sacramento that could include using $5 million from the city’s general fund to create a group of non-law enforcement officials to handle mental-health related 911 calls, and the creation of an inspector general position to look into police shootings and use-of-force incidents.
HANNAH WILEY AND MACKENZIE HAWKINS | The Sacramento Bee
Tecoy Porter, senior pastor of Genesis Church in Sacramento’s Meadowview neighborhood said the bill wouldn’t “change the heart and mind of a racist,” but would “at least make them think twice” before using the strangling tactic.
“Nobody deserves to die with a knee on their neck,” Porter said.
Darryl Smith | The Sacramento Bee
It had been a long day for Tecoy Porter Sr. The Sacramento pastor returned to his hometown of Minneapolis this week, a city shattered by police violence and the fiery protest that followed, to say goodbye to George Floyd. Porter, senior pastor of Genesis Church on Meadowview Road , was among the ministers who helped coordinate the Thursday memorial service for the Houston man who had found a fresh start in the Twin Cities — now the epicenter of worldwide outrage and shared grief after his death at the hands of police.
Before the memorial, Porter drove to 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — the street corner where Floyd died now a sacred space in that city — following along the same south Minneapolis route his school bus drove as a child.
Jill Cowan | The New York Times
San Francisco CBS Local
Before the governor spoke, he met with those leaders to discuss the state’s response to the violence and unrest across California. Genesis Church Pastor Tecoy Porter talked briefly prior to Gov. Newsom taking the podium.