MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mourners are converging in Minneapolis to memorialize George Floyd, whose death at the hands of a police officer sparked national protests on racial injustice.

The first of three funeral events for Floyd was set for Thursday afternoon at North Central University in Minneapolis, where a throng of media was awaiting the start of the afternoon service. The Rev. Al Sharpton is among those expected to eulogize the 46-year-old Floyd.

Demonstrations in cities across the U.S. and across the globe continue in the wake of his death. In the U.S., protests were largely calmer for a second straight night after new charges against police in Minneapolis were announced.

(Story written by AARON MORRISON, NOMAAN MERCHANT and MATT SEDENSKY/AP)

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