Following the death of George Floyd last week, mushrooming protests, in some cities, even looting and violent clashes with police, the younger brother of George Floyd arrived on Monday at the Minneapolis intersection where Floyd’s life came to an end.
Terrence Floyd cried and knelt in prayer. He offered the crowd amassed around him the family’s hopes for peaceful protests and additional arrests in connection with his brother’s death.
Floyd arrived at the intersection around 1 pm, the first time a member of his family had visited the spot where George Floyd died after a police officer kept a knee on his neck for more than 8 minutes.
When Terrence Floyd arrived, he was so emotional that two unidentified men stood on either side of him, and at points kept him from falling. George Floyd was a member of a religious Texas family. So his brother knelt, wept and prayed amid the flowers, protest signs, balloons, candles and other mementos left at the spot where George Floyd died.
Most who gathered to watch the somber moment were wearing masks, including Terrence Floyd. His mask bore his brother’s image and the words, “WE CAN’T BREATHE.”
Eventually the crowd began to yell, “Take a knee!” More than 50 people did.
“First of all, first of all,” Terrence Floyd said. “If I’m not over here wilin’ out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community — then what are y’all doing? Nothing, because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all.”
“So let’s do this another way,” he said. “Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter and vote…because it’s a lot of us and we still going to do this peacefully.”
Terrence Floyd then lead the crowd in a chant of, “Peace on the left and justice on the right,” as if to say the two must go hand in hand.
Floyd thanked the crowd for its support and implored people to continue to press for justice in connection with his brother’s death.
Source : NBC News