George Floyd’s brother has called for calm in the wake of the widespread social unrest after his 46-year-old sibling was brutally murdered in broad daylight last week. Terrence Floyd pleaded with a crowd in Minneapolis overnight urging them to “do this another way”.
“I understand y’all upset…I doubt y’all are half as upset as I am. So if I’m not over here wilding out. If I’m not here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are y’all doing?” Terrence began.
“What are you doing?” he yelled. “Y’all doing nothing! Because that’s not gonna bring my brother back at all.”
Heartbreakingly, Terrence is seen speaking with a customised COVID-19 face mask on, one decorated with a portrait of his brother and the tag “Justice For George Floyd.”
“It may feel good for the moment, just like when you drink,” Terrence continued. “But when it come down, you’re gonna wonder what you did.”
“My family is a peaceful family”
“My family is god-fearing. Yeah, we upset. But we’re not gonna take it. We’re not gonna be repetitious. In every case of police brutality, the same thing has been happening. Y’all protest. Y’all destroy stuff. And they don’t move. You know why they don’t move? Because it’s not their stuff. It’s our stuff. So they want us to destroy our stuff. They not going to move.”
“So let’s do this another way. Let’s do this another way.”
On May 25, Floyd, a black man, was murdered by Minneapolis police officers after a grocery clerk called the police thinking he was writing a bad check. For nearly nine minutes, Floyd laid on the street while officer Derek Chauvin pinned his knee on his neck as he was struggling to breathe. “I can’t breathe”, Floyd pleaded. “Please.” He lost consciousness as they continued to strangle him. Numerous bystanders were screaming but it made no difference. Floyd was later pronounced dead.
Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder (an independent autopsy report confirmed Floyd died of asphyxiation) as mass riots have broken out across America.
In the American criminal justice system, wealth and race – and not culpability – define whether a person is guilty or innocent. And it’s so wrong.
If you’re in the United States, text FLOYD to 55156 and sign the petition to demand all four of the officers who killed George Floyd be charged with murder here. (There are still three other officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, who must also be charged for participating in Floyd’s murder.)
If you’re in any other part of the world, you can also sign the above petition.