George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, said that he thinks “things have changed” one year since Floyd’s death.
“I think it’s moving slowly, but it’s making progress. I just want everything to be better in life, because I don’t want to see people dying the same way my brother has passed,” Philonise Floyd said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Floyd said he thinks about his brother George all the time, and his death has been “just devastating” for the family. Today, he is also thinking about all the activists and people around the world who “stepped out and put their lives on the line during this pandemic” to speak out for his brother, he said.
Philonise Floyd said that Congress passing police reform legislation would be “one of the best things that you can pass across America.”
“When you see a police officer, you see somebody that you respect, somebody that’s out there serving America. And they [are] supposed to make sure that you are OK. But when an officer takes someone else’s life, to me, it’s not a mistake, because a mistake can be erased. You can’t get that person’s life back,” he said.
The Floyd family’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, said that their message is “let’s don’t squander this moment.”
“We want to make sure that we do something, that we just don’t talk the talk. America is finally having this conversation about racial reckoning, but that’s just talk if we don’t act. Now is the time to act. Let’s do it in the name of George Floyd and all the others that have been taken from us unjustly by the very people who are supposed to protect and serve us,” Crump said.