(Reuters) – Here is the text of the ready testimony to a U.S. congressional listening to on Wednesday of Philonise Floyd, whose brother George Floyd’s loss of life below the knee of a white police officer roused worldwide protests towards racial injustice:
George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd is joined by civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump throughout a recess within the listening to on the House Judiciary Committee on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, U.S. June 10, 2020. Michael Reynolds/Pool through REUTERS
“Chairman Jerrold Nadler and members of the Committee:
“Thank you for the invitation to be right here at this time to discuss my large brother, George. The world is aware of him as George, however I known as him Perry. Yesterday, we laid him to relaxation. It was the toughest factor I’ve ever had to do. I’m the massive brother now. So it was my job to consolation our brothers and sisters, Perry’s youngsters, and everybody who cherished him. And that’s rather a lot of folks. I’ve to be the robust one now, as a result of it’s what George would have finished.
“And me being the massive brother now’s why I’m right here at this time. To do what Perry at all times did for us – to take care of the household and others. I couldn’t take care of George the day he was killed, however possibly by talking with you at this time, I may also help ensure that his loss of life isn’t in useless. To ensure that he’s greater than one other face on a T-shirt. More than one other identify on an inventory that received’t cease rising.
“George at all times made sacrifices for his household. And he made sacrifices for full strangers. He gave the little that he had to assist others. He was our mild large. I used to be reminded of that after I watched the video of his homicide. He was gentle mannered; he didn’t battle again. He listened to the officers. He known as them ‘sir.’ The males who took his life, who suffocated him for eight minutes and 46 seconds. He nonetheless known as them ‘sir’ as he begged for his life.
“I can’t inform you the type of ache you’re feeling while you watch one thing like that. When you watch your large brother, who you’ve regarded up to your complete life, die. Die begging on your mother.
“I’m drained. I’m drained of the ache I’m feeling now and I’m drained of the ache I really feel each time one other black particular person is killed for no motive. I’m right here at this time to ask you to make it cease. Stop the ache. Stop us from being drained. George’s requires assist have been ignored. Please hear to the decision I’m making to you now, to the calls of our household, and to the calls ringing out within the streets the world over. People of all backgrounds, genders and race have come collectively to demand change. Honor them, honor George, and make the mandatory adjustments that make legislation enforcement the answer – and never the issue. Hold them accountable after they do one thing improper. Teach them what it means to deal with folks with empathy and respect. Teach them what obligatory pressure is. Teach them that lethal pressure needs to be used hardly ever and solely when life is in danger.
“George wasn’t hurting anybody that day. He didn’t deserve to die over twenty dollars. I’m asking you, is that what a black man’s life is price? Twenty dollars? This is 2020. Enough is sufficient. The folks marching within the streets are telling you sufficient is sufficient. Be the leaders that this nation, this world, wants. Do the best factor.
“The folks elected you to converse for them, to make optimistic change. George’s identify means one thing. You have the chance right here to make your names imply one thing, too.
“If his loss of life finally ends up altering the world for the higher. And I feel it should. I feel it has. Then he died as he lived. It is on you to be certain that his loss of life isn’t in useless. I didn’t get the prospect to say goodbye to Perry whereas he was right here. I used to be robbed of that. But, I do know he’s wanting down on us now. Perry, have a look at what you probably did, large brother. You’re altering the world. Thank you for every little thing. For taking care of us while you have been on Earth, and for taking care of all of us now. I hope you discovered mama and might relaxation in peace and energy.”