George Floyd’s Brother Philonise ‘Relieved’ After Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict
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Philonise Floyd is speaking out after the cop who killed his brother George was found guilty of murder.

On Wednesday, Philonise appeared on “Good Morning America,” hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in George’s May 25, 2020, death.

While seated next to attorney Benjamin Crump, Philonise said his family is "happier knowing that [George’s] life, it mattered, and he didn't die in vain."

“He helped change the world. He made people realize that people's lives matter all across the world, not just here in Minneapolis but in different countries,” he said about his late brother.

Philonise also described the moment after the verdict when he watched Chauvin being taken away in handcuffs into police custody.

"The moment the prosecutors said something about him getting in handcuffs right then and there, I looked and I watched him put his hands behind his back," Philonise recalled.

Although Philonise says Chauvin had “it a lot easier than my brother” because George’s “hands were pinned backward,” he says Chauvin’s conviction “was accountability.”

Philonise also appeared on “Today” Wednesday, calling Chauvin’s guilty verdict a "pivotal moment for me, my family, the world."

"I feel better. I feel relieved," he said. "I actually went to sleep for like five hours last night, and that was great, you know? I wanted to celebrate — I know that something that I shouldn't have to do, like, celebrate, but it was historic."

"I had so many individuals walk up to me and they was telling me, 'Man, you worked hard, and you and your family have set the tone for the standards that the world needs to be accountable and understand that we are one; we're united.’”

Shortly after the verdict was read on Tuesday, Philonise appeared at a news conference and declared, "Today we are able to breathe again," a reference to George repeatedly crying out "I can't breathe" as his neck was pinned down by Chauvin’s knee for over nine minutes.

In his speech, Philonise honored Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of offending a white woman at a grocery store.

"He was the first George Floyd, but today you have the cameras all around the world to see and show what happened to my brother," he said, later adding, “Justice for George means freedom for all."

In March, the Minneapolis City Council approved a $27-million civil settlement with George’s family.

Per documents in state probate court, George is survived by 11 known heirs, including five children and six siblings who live in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, and New York.

Chauvin, whose bail was revoked and who spent his first night in prison Tuesday, will be sentenced in eight weeks.


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