In an interview Saturday on MSNBC, George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, expressed his disappointment with the condolence call he received from President Trump regarding the murder of his brother.
Philonise told Rev. Al Sharpton that the call was very brief and that Trump didn’t even give him the opportunity to speak
“He didn’t give me the opportunity to even speak,” Floyd said, as his son Brandon sat beside him. “It was hard. I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept, like, pushing me off, like: ‘I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about.’”
Floyd said: “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.”
George Floyd was killed when police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for over 7 minutes while an unarmed Floyd was restrained and held on the ground. Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other three officers who were at the scene (two of which held Floyd down while Chauvin kneeled on his neck), were fired, but have yet to be arrested or charged with any crime.
“They all need to be convicted of first-degree murder and given the death penalty,” Philonise Floyd told Sharpton. “They didn’t care about what they wanted to do with my brother. He wasn’t a person to them. He was scum, he was nothing [to them]. I can imagine how many people they did like that.”
Floyd became emotional later in the interview. “I just don’t understand, man,” he told Sharpton tearfully. “Why we gotta go through this? Why we gotta have all this pain, man? I love my brother. I’m never going to see him again.”
Check out the interview in the video below.