George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, said the legal defense team of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin “was trying to assassinate” his brother’s character.
“He is fighting for his life, just like I am fighting for my brother’s life. We saw the video. We have the facts. They are trying to assassinate his character. When you don’t have the facts, that’s what you need to do, ”he told CNN.
Describing the first day of Chauvin’s trial as an “emotional roller coaster,” Floyd said he was unaware the former policeman knelt on top of his brother for nine minutes and 29 seconds.
“The video, every time I watch it, I only hear eight minutes and 46 seconds. I never try to watch the entire video. It’s not something you want to watch – your brother was tortured and yelled at and asking for our mother and saying ‘tell my kids I love them. I can not breathe. ”
“For everyone, it was a case and a cause. For me, he was my brother. Someone I grew up with – eat with, sleep in the same bed, go fishing. I watch him dance with my mother. These are the things I think of when I think of my brother. He was a protector. He was someone we could turn to when we had problems and needed everything, ”he said on Tuesday.
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