Philonise Floyd urged lawmakers not to allow his brother’s death to be in vain.
The brother of an African-American man who died in police custody, George Floyd, spoke to Congress on Wednesday, calling on lawmakers not to allow his brother’s death to be in vain, and stressing that he “did not deserve to die for $ 20.”
Two weeks after Floyd’s death, the House Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing on the issues raised during the mass protests.
Floyd, who worked as a security guard in Nightclubs, was unarmed when police detained him at a store where an employee reported that a similar man tried to pay for cigarettes with a fake bill.
“George didn’t do anything wrong to anyone that day. He didn’t deserve to die for $ 20. I ask you, is the price of a black man’s life? $ 20? The year is 2020. There is a limit to everything – 42-year-old Philonise Floyd, who lives in a Missouri city near Houston, told lawmakers. – Your task is to make sure that his death is not in vain.”
“I am here to urge you to put an end to this. Stop suffering,” Floyd urged lawmakers. “George asked for help, but they didn’t listen to him. Please listen to my call, to the calls of our family, and to the calls that are now being made on the streets around the world.”
The legal Committee is preparing to present a large-scale police reform initiative, which is scheduled to be submitted for consideration by July 4. Further hearings are due to take place next week to prepare for a vote in the full House of Representatives.