George Floyd’s brother just got one powerful message to Congress over the “pain” he felt seeing a Minneapolis police officer murder his brother or sister on camera.
“I can’t tell you what kind of pain you feel when you look at something like that,” Philonise Floyd told the Democrat House Judiciary Committee during a Wednesday hearing on police practices and accountability of law enforcement officers. “If you look at your big brother, who you’ve looked up to all your life, die. Die beg for your mother.”
“I’m tired. I’m tired of the pain I feel now and I’m the pain I feel every time another black is killed for no reason,” continued Floyd. “I’m here today asking you to stop it . Stop the pain. Avoid getting tired. ‘
The committee called 12 witnesses to Wednesday’s hearing, including family members of victims of police brutality, religious leaders, chiefs of police, lawyers, experts and personalities of Fox News.
But Floyd, who spoke only a day after burying his brother in Houston, was the main event. His brother’s death in May sparked a national and global movement for racial equality and better police care. Such pressure led Republicans consider new proposals to review police work across the country, with a focus on minimizing racial discrimination among officers.
Floyd urged the Congress panel not to miss the moment for reform. “Please listen to the phone call I’m making to you now, to the phone calls from our family and the phone calls going around the world,” he begged. “Honor them, honor George, and make the necessary changes to make law enforcement the solution – not the problem.”
It is unclear whether Congress will follow Floyd’s advice. It is a presidential election year, and the gap between the two sides on this issue may be too big to bridge. But Floyd is solemnly aware of the pain future Americans will feel if no changes are made to the police – and soon.