Terrence Floyd speaks out on the protests that have transpired following the death of his older brother George Floyd.
After policeman Derek Chauvin, since fired, was seen on video pinning his knee on George's neck, demonstrators around the world have been taking to the streets this past week to denounce Chauvin’s actions, racial injustice, and police brutality. While many protests have been peaceful, there have been incidents of violence.
In an interview with "Good Morning America" released on Monday, Terrence — who appeared alongside Rev. Kevin McCall — condemned the violence and looting that has occurred, and says these disgraceful acts have been "overshadowing what's going on."
"He was about peace, he was about unity," Terrence said of George. "But the thing's that's transpiring now, yeah, they may call it unity, but it's destructive unity. That's not what my brother was about."
Though Terrence says George would understand and acknowledge the collective anger in the world, Terrence believes George would tell demonstrators to “channel your anger to do something positive or make a change another way.”
"We've been down this road already. He would want to seek justice the way we are, the way we're trying to do,” Terrence said. “But channel it another way. The anger, damaging your hometown, it's not the way he'd want."
Remembering his older brother, Terrence described George as a “gentle giant” and a “peaceful motivator.”
"When you spoke to him, he always wanted to motivate you no matter what you were going through," Terrence said. "He always saw the light and the brightest side of things. He made you feel like you could just do anything, even if you're going through something. That's just how he spoke to you. He just really helped me. He was a motivator, that's how I could just sum it up, he was a peaceful motivator."
EXCLUSIVE: George Floyd’s brother Terrence says he feels like violent protests are “overshadowing what is going on because he was about peace .... [this is] destructive unity. That’s not what he was about.” https://t.co/we0hSARItv pic.twitter.com/ko8aT2MiWo— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 1, 2020
On Friday, Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
The three other officers involved have also been fired but have yet to be charged.