Estelle Jones, 75, leads the social justice committee at St. Peter Claver, and facilitates a parish support group for families of incarcerated men and women.
On Tuesday, she told CNA that "I am feeling...it's very difficult to even want to talk about it."
"Something has to stop, I hope. It's sad, but I hope, and it's too sad, that George Floyd's death would wake up the community, and the United States of America, that we stop this violence and police brutality, and this racism."
God made all of us. It's hard to understand why black people and brown people are hated so much. I'm devastated."
Jones said she watched in 2015 as police assaulted her own grandson, then in his mid-thirties, while at a traffic stop. She said her grandson "got out of his car, and, um, they- he didn't resist them at all. In fact, he was standing with his hands in the air. The next thing we knew, they had thrown him on the ground and were tasing him."
"We were there. My daughter, his mother, and me. This was one of the most horrible, horrific things to ever see happen to a loved one, and we were standing there."
Jones said her grandson was hospitalized for his injuries.
"Watching what happened to George Floyd just brought back this whole situation to me. To just know what this family must be going through, what the community is going through….Something has to stop this."
Jones said her social justice and social support work at her parish is part of her effort to help young people in the parish understand the struggle for civil rights, and an ongoing struggle for racial justice. But she says she can't do that alone.
In his YouTube video, Rutten said the parishioners of St. Peter Claver are called to "agitate both in our Church and in our world for racial justice and peace and healing, and the reality that we truly are brothers and sisters."
"Remembering George, we need to continue that mission," Rutten said.
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Jones said she hopes for justice in the case of George Floyd.
"To me, justice- I feel like everyone else. Too many black men have been murdered, and nothing has been done by the police."
Jones mentioned the deaths of Phliando Castile, Treyvon Martin, and Eric Garner.
"Enough is enough. And with George Floyd- that is blatant killing somebody in front of the whole world. How can you do that and think you can get away with it? Justice should be them being prosecuted, and serving some prison time."
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested May 29, and has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. He and the three other officers present at Floyd's arrest were fired from the Minneapolis police force.
St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop Bernard Hebda offered a Mass for the soul of George Floyd and for his family May 27.