October 20, 2021

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George Floyd’s brother on Chauvin’s verdict: “It was good”

George Floyd's brother on Chauvin's verdict: "It was good"

When former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and then taken away in handcuffs after the verdict, Philonise Floyd was reminded of his brother George Floyd’s last moments.

“I watched [Chauvin] he put his hands behind his back and I thought, “It was a lot easier than my brother,” because my brother’s hands were stuck back, “Philonise Floyd told” Good Morning America “Wednesday.

Speaking with anchor Michael Strahan, George Floyd’s brother described his emotions after hearing the jury’s decision. On Tuesday, Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges brought against him: second-degree manslaughter, second-degree involuntary murder, and third-degree murder.

“I prayed for, like, 30 minutes, because it took 30 minutes for the jurors and the judge to come out,” said Philonise Floyd. “But when the judge started reading the verdict, and he was guilty, I heard the numbers, and they said they were guilty again, and I heard more numbers, and he said guilty … it was nice. …

“It was responsibility, and I think America feels they can be free because this is the land of the free. And the people [would have] I thought differently if Chauvin had not been convicted. “

Since Chauvin killed his brother by locking his knee to George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, Philonise Floyd has turned his “pain into purpose” by launching the Philonise and Keeta Floyd Institute for Social Change, which aims to eliminate the brutality of police and reform the criminal justice system.

“It makes us happier, knowing his life mattered, and he didn’t die in vain,” Philonise Floyd told Strahan. “Plus, it helped change the world. It made people realize that people’s lives are important around the world, not just here in Minneapolis, but in different countries.

“People, they marched for him, protested for him, 24/7. When we were sleeping, people marched to different countries. I am just happy that we will have the opportunity to consolidate his legacy. “

Philonise Floyd also supported the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would ban bottlenecks, end “qualified immunity” for law enforcement, and create national standards for the police in an effort to strengthen accountability if passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden.

“I just want people to understand that no matter how big you are, if you have a big heart, you will always be … special to someone,” she said. “Why [George Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter] Gianna, said her father would change the world.

“And I think we will be able to build on his legacy because he did just that. It changed the world. It brought together everyone across the country for one purpose, and that was to make sure these officers were held accountable. “