Two years after his death, what is being done for police reform and George Floyd’s legacy?

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — It was the day that sent shockwaves around the world and renewed the movement against police brutality and systemic racism. On the day that marks two years after the killing of George Floyd, his legacy will be honored locally and nationally.

“We were all shocked and angry as we watched video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. We should still be angry about it,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “It was personal for me. I come from a similar neighborhood in Houston, not unlike Third Ward, and have experienced the same kind of inequalities as he has.”

Raised in the Cuney Homes of Houston’s Third Ward, Floyd attended Jack Yates High School as a rising football star and was known as “Perry Jr.” to those closest to him.

Community members and leaders gathered at the Houston Public Library on Wednesday afternoon for Mayor Turner’s inaugural address, followed by a proclamation to declare May 25 as Houston’s George Floyd Remembrance Day. Library staff displayed photos in the hallway to highlight the national demonstrations and demands for justice that took place after his death.

Floyd’s sister LaTonya Floyd was present at the event and was visibly emotional. Standing outside next to council member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, she told ABC13 that the past two years without George have been extremely difficult.

“I’m overwhelmed and it’s things like this, friends like this, events like this… the mayor that keeps us going. It would be a lot more painful if I was alone, if we were alone,” LaTonya Floyd said.

WATCH: May 25 has been declared George Floyd Remembrance Day in Houston

During his presentation, Mayor Turner outlined some of the actions the city has taken since Floyd’s death to prevent police brutality through Executive Order 1-67 on Policing and Reform: Use of Force. Of the 104 recommendations made by the mayor’s task force on police reform, he said the city has implemented 80 of them so far.

Some of them include prohibiting officers from placing their knee or body weight on a suspect’s neck to control or restraining him, prohibiting arrest warrants, and requiring officers to report when one of their colleagues uses excessive force to their superior applies

“I’m proud of everything Houston, the state of Texas, has done for my brother. This is just amazing and I’m blown away,” LaTonya said.

Nationally, President Joe Biden signed a similar executive order aimed at addressing systemic racism in our nation’s criminal justice system. The order will create a new national database of police misconduct, mandate the introduction of policies for body-worn cameras, ban the use of chokeholds, restrict entry without knocking and more. Other family members, like George Floyd’s sister-in-law Keeta, told ABC13 she was at the White House for the signing.

WATCH: Unveiling of George Floyd statue

LaTonya Floyd also joined community leaders and elected officials at the unveiling of the Conversation with George statue at Tom Bass Regional Park Section III. The $110,000 sculpture, donated by Dannette Davis of Kay Davis Associates, depicts Floyd seated at an outdoor table and invites people of all ethnic backgrounds to take a seat and converse with him.

The Floyd family say there is still a long way to go for racial justice and social justice, but they will always fight to ensure George didn’t die in vain.

“This man changed the world. We wouldn’t be here. We wouldn’t have. We couldn’t do this, this is George Floyd. Don’t ever let this thing die. Don’t ever let him forget,” LaTonya Floyd said.

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