George Floyd’s brother on Wednesday recounted the moment he watched a judge convict ex-cop Derek Chauvin for killing his sibling.
“I hear, ‘Guilty,’ and then I heard some more numbers, and I hear, ‘Guilty’ again, and I said, ‘Lord, please let it be another,’ and I hear ‘Guilty’ again, and I was excited,” Philonise Floyd said on NBC’s “Today.”
“It was pivotal for me, my family, the world,” he said. “And (George Floyd’s daughter) Gianna, she just don’t know that the words that she spoke — ‘my dad willl change the world’ — he really did. He changed the world.”
Philonise said he now feels “better.”
“I feel relieved. I actually went to sleep for like five hours last night, and that was great. I want to celebrate,” he said.
Philonise spoke one day after the jury in Hennepin County District Court found Chauvin guilty on all counts — third-degree murder, second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter — at the end of the former cop’s three-week murder trial.
Chauvin, 45, pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds during his arrest for allegedly using a $20 counterfeit bill on May 25.
Chauvin, who was free on a $1 million bond, had his bail revoked, was handcuffed in court, and is now awaiting sentencing, which is due to take place in eight weeks.
“It should be the beginning of this nation figuring out that we all can live with each other, we all should be able to work together,” Philonise told “Today.”
He said he hopes the momentum from the verdict will compel Congress to approve the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — a bill that targets police misconduct, excessive force and racial profiling.
The bill passed the House and is now before the Senate.