A U.S. congressional panel confronting racial injustice and police violence on Wednesday heard an impassioned plea from a brother of George Floyd not to let his death in Minneapolis police custody to have been in vain, lamenting that he “didn’t deserve to die over $20.”
Philonise Floyd spoke before the House Judiciary Committee, appearing as the first and key witness among more than half a dozen civil rights experts and activists.
George Floyd’s death on May 25 after a policeman knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes was the latest in a string of killings of African-American men and women by police. He was being arrested over a complaint that he had bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.
“George wasn’t hurting anyone that day. He didn’t deserve to die over $20. I’m asking you, is that what a black man’s worth? $20? This is 2020. Enough is enough,” Philonise Floyd, 42, of Missouri City, Texas, near Houston, told the lawmakers.
The Judiciary panel is preparing a law aimed at combating police violence and racial injustice, and is likely to hold further hearings.
The Judiciary panel is preparing a legislation, aimed at combating police violence and racial injustice.