Tiffany Haddish likes to think of herself as “an administrator of joy,” though she’s currently having a difficult time, especially after attending George Floyd‘s funeral in Houston earlier this week.
During a virtual appearance Wednesday on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Emmy-winning actress explained why she attended Floyd’s service, after being invited, and recalls being a witness to police brutality.
“The main thing that made me want to be there is I have watched my friends be slaughtered by the police,” Haddish said. “I have watched people be murdered in front of me as a 13-year-old, 14-year-old girl, and there was nothing I can do.”
Tiffany became emotional as she recalled fond memories with her dear friends, who’ve passed away.
“I wanted to be there in support of the family because I understand how they feel, and being there was like being there for all my friends, whose funerals I already went to,” she said.
Tiffany added of Floyd’s funeral, “Being there was so powerful,” before revealing it was her “first time going to a televised funeral, for someone who was killed by a police officer.”
Floyd died on May 25 after former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, as Floyd repeatedly cried out, “I can’t breathe.” Chauvin has been charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers at the scene at the time of Floyd’s death were also arrested and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Thomas Lane, one of those officers, has since been released on bail.
By Rachel George