George Floyd’s brother gave an impassioned speech following the sentencing of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, calling for unity among Americans and echoing the sentiments of conservatives that all lives matter.
“I just want to reiterate: not just black lives matter, all lives matter,” Philonise Floyd emotionally stated, speaking outside the courthouse following the hearing. It is an admission that echoes the sentiments of conservatives across the nation… one they have been voicing for a very long time. “We need to stand up and fight. Can’t get comfortable because when you get comfortable, people forget about you,” Floyd declared to the press and those in attendance.
Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison on Friday for his role in the death of George Floyd in May 2020. Floyd died after the officer knelt on his neck and back for more than nine minutes during his arrest. He also reportedly had a lot of drugs in his system and he had a heart condition that contributed to his death. The former officer was convicted in April of 2021 on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Prosecutor Matthew Frank proclaimed in court: “This was nine-and-a-half minutes of cruelty. This was not the typical second-degree murder.” Floyd’s death led to nationwide protests, some turning violent, and a growing racial rift in American culture egged on by activists and the media. The viral video of his death resulted in riots and protests involving Black Lives Matter along with billions of dollars in damages.
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Floyd’s brother has been a vocal critic of the violence that has ensued since George Floyd’s death. He has been the face of the Floyd family during the ordeal and has called for justice and the conviction of the officers involved.
“If I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are y’all doing?… That’s not gonna bring my brother back at all … Let’s do it a different way,” he remarked following the first round of rioting and looting.
Philonise Floyd also appeared on “The View” to discuss his brother’s death and the officers involved. He believes they should get life in prison: “If we let them get away with this, other officers will feel like it’s okay to do the same thing,” he stated.
“I just would like to thank everyone for doing so much in this world today. They’re just tired right now. Enough is enough,” Philonise Floyd said on “The View.” “It’s gonna be a marathon. But right now, everybody is getting closer to justice because everybody’s feeling united. We’re coming together as one.”
“I’m just so proud right now just to see change in this world happening,” Floyd added.
“Anybody with a heart, they know that is wrong. You don’t do that to a human being. You don’t even do that to an animal. His life mattered. All our lives matter. Black lives matter,” he asserted. “I just … wish I could get him back.”
As Chauvin appeared for sentencing, George Floyd’s family, including his young daughter, gave impact statements. Their raw emotion was evident in court.
The former officer also made some brief remarks, giving his condolences to the Floyd family. Chauvin also made a curious statement: “There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest, and I hope things will give you some peace of mind.”
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Chauvin faced up to 40 years in prison. He has been in solitary confinement since his conviction. The Washington Post noted that the normal sentencing should have been 11 to 12 years in prison according to state sentencing standards for someone with no criminal history.
Judge Cahill previously commented that “prosecutors had proven there were aggravating factors in the case that called for a tougher sentence.” The prosecution had originally sought a 30-year sentence for Chauvin.
The remarks by Philonise Floyd after the sentencing sparked mixed reactions on social media where some applauded the unifying message and others wondered why it took so long to say.
God bless him. However, this message should have been delivered long ago. Let’s not forget the moment Philonise and fam cheered the verdict of Derek as if it’s a football game.
— Aron (@Aron95820756) June 25, 2021
While I agree, I thought that was a racist thing to say. I guess it’s only racist when Republicans say it.
— FitzFlow (@fitzflow) June 25, 2021
Ah, so his skin color allows him to say that All Lives Matter when not too long ago, if these same words were uttered by a non-black individual. They would have been publicly lambasted, labeled a white supremacist, fired from their job and threatened with death or injury.
— Incognito (@Juuguuu) June 26, 2021
That doesn’t fit the narrative
— Enzo the baker (@fcarozzi) June 25, 2021
He’s gonna be canceled
— Justine (@justinecarlina) June 26, 2021