George Floyd’s Brother Describes Trump’s Condolence Call as Dismissive
HuffPost reports that Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, expressed frustration over President Donald Trump’s condolence phone call. Floyd told Rev. Al Sharpton on “Politics Nation” he was hurt that Trump “didn’t give [him] the opportunity to even speak.”
- George Floyd died after white police officer Derek Chauvin “kneeled on his neck for several minutes while an unarmed Floyd was restrained and held on the ground.” Chauvin was arrested and charged for third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, but the other three officers present remain free.
- Philonise told MSNBC: “I just told him I want justice. I said that I couldn’t believe that they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight. I can’t stand for that. I can’t. And it hurt me.” He said Trump was dismissive and “kept pushing [him] off.”
- Floyd said of the officers: “They all need to be convicted of first-degree murder and given the death penalty,” stating they saw his brother as “scum, he was nothing [to them].”
Floyd ended his interview tearfully, saying “I love my brother. I’m never going to see him again.”