After days of peaceful protests turning into riots and looting sprees all across America, the brother of the late-George Floyd spoke out against people who are using his brother’s name to justify violence.
On Monday afternoon, the younger brother of George Floyd made an appearance at the intersection where George was ultimately killed by four Minneapolis police officers during an arrest gone wrong for a prayer vigil honoring his brother.
All officers involved in Floyd’s arrest have been fired and Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds was charged with 3rd degree murder.
According to NBC, “Terrence Floyd cried and knelt in prayer. He offered the crowd amassed around him the family’s hopes for peaceful protests and additional arrests in connection with his brother’s death. And he ultimately led the crowd through a series of chants, including ‘peace on the left, justice on the right,'” symbolizing the need to fight for justice in a peaceful manner.
“First of all, first of all,” Terrence Floyd told the crowd, “if I’m not over here wilin’ out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community — then what are y’all doing? Nothing, because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all.”
Major cities across the country, from the Twin Cities, to New York City, Los Angeles, and down to Atlanta, have seen unprecedented acts of violence throughout the night forcing many mayors and governors to enact mandatory curfews for their residents in an ineffective bid to discourage riots and protect citizens who city officials failed to keep safe.
Violence and destruction, “that’s not going to bring my brother back,” George Floy’d brother shouted.
“So let’s do this another way,” Terrence added. “Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter and vote…because it’s a lot of us and we still going to do this peacefully.”
Instead of resorting to violence and destroying local businesses, hurting the community his brother loved, Terrence enocouraged people to educate themselves about the issues and get out to vote.
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