Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, called for police accountability at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.
During his testimony, Philonise addressed his brother’s killing on May 25, while in Minneapolis police custody.
In the emotional plea to Congress, he described what it felt like to watch his brother slowly suffocate while officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck.
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“I can’t tell you the kind of pain you feel when you watch something like that,” Philonise said. “When you watch your big brother, who you’ve looked up to your whole entire life, die, die begging for his mom. I’m here to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain. Stop us from being tired.”
“George always made sacrifices for his family,” Floyd’s brother added. “And he made sacrifices for complete strangers. He gave the little that he had to help others. He was our gentle giant. I was reminded of that when I watched the video of his murder.”
Later in the testimony, Philonise Floyd stated that he believed his brother’s death was “premeditated,” “intentional,” and “personal,” because Chauvin and the victim knew each other from working together at the same nightclub.
Floyd’s brother ended his testimony by referring to George as Perry and thanking him.
“I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to Perry while he was here,” he said. “I was robbed of that. But I know he’s looking down at us now. Perry, look up at what you did, big brother. You changed the world. Thank you for everything. For taking care of us when on Earth, for taking care of all of us now. I hope you found mama and you can rest in peace with power. Thank you.”
Watch the full five-minute video of his testimony below.