George Floyd’s death ‘sparked unity’ says brother in first interview on British TV

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George Floyd’s death has “sparked unity” said his brother in his first British TV interview since the killing of the unarmed black father.

Philonise Floyd described his brother – who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes – as a martyr who is “changing people’s lives”.

Speaking to ITV News in an interview broadcast on Tuesday evening, Mr Floyd, 42, said: “As time goes by you realise that he is changing people’s lives, not just our lives but other people’s lives around the world, his death has sparked unity right now and that’s something this world has never had.”

Alongside family attorney Benjamin Crump, he also spoke about the need for systematic reform in the aftermath of his older sibling’s death in Minneapolis on May 25.

Mr Crump said: “There are two justice systems in America, one for black America and one for white America, but we need equal justice for the United States of America.

“We believe this is the best time we have ever seen in the wake and aftermath of the killing of his brother, that will get this change which will prevent people and particularly black people from being killed by police unjustifiably.”

Last week, Mr Floyd pleaded with the US Congress not to let his brother’s death be in vain, telling lawmakers he “didn’t deserve to die over $20” in a “lynching”.

“They lynched my brother. That was a modern-day lynching in broad daylight,” Mr Floyd, of Missouri City, Texas, told The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on June 10, his voice breaking with emotion.

He told the assembled lawmakers he was there to ask them to “stop the pain”.

The committee was holding the first congressional hearing to examine racial injustice and police brutality following the death.

The Democratic-led House is moving forward with sweeping reform legislation that could come to a vote by July 4, while Senate Republicans are crafting a rival plan.

George Floyd, a 46-year-old Houston native who had worked security at nightclubs, was unarmed when taken into custody outside a market.

An employee had reported that a man matching his description tried to pay for cigarettes with a counterfeit bill.

Veteran police officer Derek Chauvin was fired after the incident and charged with second and third-degree murder and manslaughter.

A video emerged the day after Mr Floyd’s death in which he could be seen pleading for his life and telling the officer he couldn’t breathe which sparked demonstrations across the US and then the world.

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