The brother of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man killed last month by a Minneapolis police officer, will plead with lawmakers Wednesday to implement sweeping restrictions on the use of force by police.
Philonise Floyd, according to his prepared statement, described the anguish his family felt after videos surfaced of the officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on his brother’s neck for nearly nine minutes, crying for air until he drew his last breath. That anguish quickly consumed a nation already paralyzed by coronavirus lockdowns and economic turmoil.
“I can’t tell you the kind of pain you feel when you watch something like that. When you watch your big brother, who you’ve looked up to your whole life, die. Die begging for your mom,” Floyd plans to tell the committee. “I’m tired. I’m tired of the pain I’m feeling now and I’m tired of the pain I feel every time another black person is killed for no reason. I’m here today to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain. Stop us from being tired.”