George Floyd’s two brothers made one of the most moving appearances at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, calling for a minute’s silence to remember victims of police brutality, such as their brother.
Philonise Floyd, speaking from his home in Texas and with his brother Rodney by his side, listed the names of others who have died in police custody, adding that it was ‘up to us to carry on the fight for justice’.
‘George should be alive today,’ he said.
‘Breonna Taylor should be alive today. Ahmaud Arbery should be alive today. Eric Garner should be alive today. Stephon Clark, Atatiana Jefferson, Sandra Bland – they should all be alive today. So it’s up to us to carry on the fight.’
He said he wanted honor those lost to ‘hate and injustice’.
‘Let’s make sure we never stop saying their names,’ he said.
George Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25, after being arrested by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
Philonise praised the spirit of protest which had been awakened by his brother’s death, saying his brother was ‘selfless’.
‘He always made sacrifices for his family, friends, and even complete strangers.
‘George had a giving spirit – a spirit that has shown up on streets around our nation, and around the world.’
George Floyd was the oldest of five children.
He leaves behind two brothers and two sisters – Zsa Zsa and LaTonya.
Philonise has assumed the role of family spokesman, and has been vocal about police brutality in the wake of his brother’s death.
On June 10, he testified in front of Congress, imploring lawmakers to fix the criminal justice system.
‘I am asking you, is that what a black man’s life is worth? Twenty dollars?’ he said, referring to the counterfeit $20 bill that his brother was said to have used just before he died at the hands of the Minneapolis police.
‘This is 2020. Enough is enough. The people marching in the streets are telling you, enough is enough.’
The four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest – Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao – are all awaiting trial on murder charges.