‘Let’s do this another way!’:George Floyd’s brother urges peaceful protests
UNTV News • June 2, 2020 • 186
The younger brother of the late George Floyd, whose death at the hands of police officers has sparked major protests and unrest in the U.S., called for calm while visiting the makeshift memorial for his late brother in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday.
Arriving at the site of his brother’s arrest and death, Terrance Floyd dropped to his knees and sat down beside George’s outline, which was painted on the ground, sobbing. A crowd of people followed him and also dropped to their knees in memory of George.
After several minutes of silence, Terrance delivered an impassioned speech in which he asked for justice to be served while urging the demonstrators to conduct themselves peacefully as they push for reform.
“So if I’m not over here wilding out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I am not over here messing up my community, then what are you all doing? What are you all doing? You are doing nothing. Because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all. I know, he would not want you all to be doing this,” said Terrance.
Terrance’s speech deeply resonated with local residents who all share the same sentiment.
“I think we all share the same sentiment. We want our city back. And we want justice for George Floyd. And that is at the top of our list of things and a lot of us are willing to risk our lives to make that happen. But in a peaceful way is the way to do it,” said a local resident.
“We need a new law pass. We want justice. We want the police to obviously pay for their sins, for what they committed. This monstrosity over here,” said another resident.
George Floyd, aged 46, died on May 25 shortly after police officer Derek Chauvin held him down with a knee on his neck for more than eight minutes though he repeatedly pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” and “please, I can’t breathe.” (Reuters)
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a controversial Democratic police reform bill on Thursday (June 25), sending the measure to the Senate despite opposition from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress.
The Democratic-controlled House voted 236-181 roughly along party lines to adopt the legislation, one month to the day after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody sparked weeks of worldwide protests over police brutality, especially against African-Americans.
But the Democratic bill, which mandates concrete changes in law and policy to rein in police misconduct, is unlikely to be passed in its current form in the Republican-led Senate, where Democrats blocked a Republican reform measure on Wednesday. (Reuters)
The White House said on Wednesday (June 10) it is putting the finishing touches on proposals to reform the police in the wake of George Floyd’s killing while in police custody, adding that reducing immunity for cops is a “non-starter.”
Speaking at a White House briefing, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said administration plans to address protester concerns about police brutality are reaching “final edits,” and said the proposals could be made public in the “coming days.”
Also on Wednesday, President Donald Trump rejected any proposal to rename U.S. military bases that are named for Confederate leaders from the 1860s Civil War, dismissing appeals made in the wake of Floyd’s death.
McEnany said renaming the bases was “an absolute non-starter for the president.” (Reuters)
A brother of George Floyd, whose killing in Minneapolis sparked protests around the world, asked the U.S. Congress on Wednesday (June 10) to stop the pain of black people caused by police violence.
“I’m here to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain,” a tearful Philonise Floyd, 42, said in testimony before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. “George called for help and he was ignored. Please listen to the call I’m making to you now, to the calls of our family and the calls ringing on the streets of all the world.”
George Floyd’s death on May 25 after a policeman knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes was the latest in a string of killings of African-American men and women by police that have sparked anger on America’s streets and fresh calls for reforms.
The Judiciary Committee is preparing to shepherd a sweeping package of legislation, aimed at combating police violence and racial injustice, to the House floor by July 4, and is expected to hold further hearings next week to prepare the bill for a full House vote. (Reuters)
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