Philonise Floyd appeared before the Parliamentary Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for a hearing on the policing and responsibility for enforcing the law. It came after the death of George Floyd at the Minneapolis police station, an event that sparked a national outcry along with ongoing protests and civil unrest over the issue of police misconduct and racial injustice.
In his testimony, Floyd’s brother said, “George always made sacrifices for his family. And he sacrificed for strangers. He gave the little one who had to help others. He was our noble giant. I remembered that when I watched the video. of his murder. He called all the officers “sir”. It was mild behavior, he did not react. He listened to all the officers. The men who took his life, who drowned him for eight minutes and 46 seconds. He still described them as “sir” as he asked his life. ”
He added, “I can’t tell you the kind of pain you feel when you watch something like that.”
His voice was rising, he said, “I’m tired. I’m tired of the pain, the pain you feel when you see something like that. When you see your big brother looking at him for the rest of your life, he dies, I beg his mother. I’m here to ask you to stop. Stop the pain. Stop us from getting tired. “
Floyd’s brother referred to the mass protests in the United States and called for policing reform and accountability.
“George asked for help and was ignored. Listen to the call I am making to you now. With the calls of our family and the calls ringing in the streets around the world,” he said.
“Honor them, honor George, and make the necessary changes to make law enforcement the solution, not the problem. Keep the accountable when they do something wrong, teach them what it means to treat people with empathy and respect. Teach them what “The deadly force must be used infrequently and only when life is in danger. George does not harm anyone that day. He did not deserve to die more than $ 20.”
His voice broke and heavy with emotion, Floyd’s brother said he didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to his brother, adding that “I was robbed, but I know he’s looking at us now.”
Addressing George directly, he said, “Look what you did, big brother, you changed the world. Thank you for everything, for our care on Earth, for our care now. I hope you find mom and you can rest peacefully with strength. Thanks. ”
This story was updated with additional developments on Wednesday.
CNN’s Lauren Fox and Harmeet Kaur contributed to this report.