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The brother of George Floyd condemned the violence sparked by his death and called out violent protesters in an emotional rally speech.
Terrence Floyd told a crowd in Minneapolis that more violence won’t “bring my brother back” in a heart-wrenching plea for peace in the wake of rioting and looting that broke out after his older brother died last week during an arrest.
(Source: NBC News)
“I understand y’all upset, but like it was already said, I doubt y’all half as upset as I am,” Floyd, who had traveled to Minneapolis, said through a face mask bearing an image of his brother who died after police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes during an arrest.
Video of the incident, including Floyd’s repeated pleas that he could not breathe, went viral, sparking outrage and anger that set off days of destructive rioting in Minneapolis that then spread to other major U.S. cities.
“So 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 you all doing? What are y’all doing? Y’all doing nothing! Because that’s not gonna bring my brother back at all,” he continued.
His remarks were made during an emotional visit to the site where his brother had died, in front of a store that has become a veritable memorial to the 46-year-old victim.
“It may feel good for the moment, just like when you drink, but when it comes down, you gonna wonder what you did,” Terrence Floyd told the gathered crowd, adding, “my family is a peaceful family. My family is God-fearing.”
“In every case of police brutality, the same thing has been happening. Y’all protest, y’all destroy stuff, and they don’t move. You know why they don’t move? Because it’s not their stuff, it’s our stuff. So they want us to destroy our stuff. They’re not going to move,” he said, addressing those protesters who have turned to looting and arson. “So let’s do this another way.”
He urged people to get educated on the issues and vote.
“Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter and vote,” he said. “Not just for the president, but vote for the preliminaries. Vote for everybody. Educate yourself. Don’t wait for somebody else to tell you who’s who. Educate yourself and know who you’re voting for.”
“Let’s switch it up, y’all. Let’s switch it up and do this peacefully, please,” he pleaded.
Floyd lead a prayer and chants of “Peace on the left, justice on the right.”
He also noted how his brother loved the city of Minneapolis, which was rocked by rioting in the wake of his death, leaving hundreds of businesses and buildings looted and destroyed.
“My brother moved here from Houston. And I used to talk to him on the phone. He loved it here. He started driving a truck, he was good,” the younger Floyd said, adding “I know he would not want you all to be doing this. And I’m not saying the people here. Whoever’s doing it. Relax.”
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