Brother Of George Floyd, Philonise Floyd, Says Trump Barely Listened To His Concerns
The brother of George Floyd, the black man killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, said he could hardly get a word in edgewise during his conversation with President Donald Trump.
“It was so fast, he didn’t give me an opportunity to even speak,” Philonise Floyd told MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday.
“It was hard. I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept, like, pushing me off, like I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about,” he said. “And I just told him, I want justice. I said, that I can’t believe they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight.”
Floyd added: “I can’t stand for that, I can’t. And it hurt me. I just don’t understand, man. Why we gotta go through this? Why we have to have all this pain, man? I love my brother. I’m never going to see him again.”
Asked what punishment should be brought against the officers responsible for his brother’s death, Floyd said he hoped all four would be charged with first-degree murder and given the death penalty.
Only one officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged so far. Chauvin, who is seen on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter. The three other officers were present at the scene, but failed to intervene.
“They didn’t care about what they wanted to do with my brother,” Floyd said. “He wasn’t a person to them, he was scum, he was nothing. And I can imagine how many people they did like that. I don’t need them on the streets to kill anybody else.”
He continued: “I’m hurt, my family is hurt, his kids are hurt. They will grow up without a father. Everybody is crying and in pain right now. So, if they can do anything, please arrest those other officers and give them murder one.”