George Floyd's Brother Philonise Sheds Tears After Guilty Verdict

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are scheduled to deliver remarks Tuesday evening after the conviction of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd (3:23). WCCO 4 News - April 20, 2021

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PHILONISE FLOYD: My nephew, he called me baby Al. Jessie calling me Steve Harvey, but man, this, I feel relieved today that I finally have the opportunity to hopefully getting some sleep. A lot of days that I pray and I hope and I was speaking everything into existence. I said, I have faith that he will be convicted.

[APPLAUSE]

It's been a long journey--

- Yeah.

PHILONISE FLOYD: And it's been less than a year and the person that comes to my mind is 1955. And to me he was the first George Floyd. Now that was Emmett Till.

- Wow. Wow

PHILONISE FLOYD: I did-- was on CNN with Deborah Watts and she just brought him back to life. People forgot about him.

- Yeah

PHILONISE FLOYD: But he was the first George Floyd.

- Yes

PHILONISE FLOYD: But today, you have the cameras all around the world to see and show what happened to my brother. It was a motion picture-- the world seeing his life being extinguished and I could do nothing but watch. Especially in that courtroom over and over and over again as my brother was murdered. Times, they getting harder every day.

10 miles away from here, Mr Wright, Dante Wright.

- That's right.

- Yeah.

PHILONISE FLOYD: He should still be here. We have to always understand that we have to march. We will have to do this for life. We have to protest because it seems like this is a never ending cycle.

- Yeah.

PHILONISE FLOYD: Reverend Al always told me we got to keep fighting.

- That's right.

PHILONISE FLOYD: I'm gonna put up a fight every day because I'm not just fighting for George anymore. I'm fighting for everybody around this world.

- Yeah.

PHILONISE FLOYD: I get calls. I get DM's. People from Brazil, from Ghana, from Germany. Everybody. London. Italy. They're all saying the same thing. We won't be able to breathe until you are able to breathe.

- That's right.

PHILONISE FLOYD: Today we are able to breathe again.

- Yeah

PHILONISE FLOYD: Ms. [? Goyner ?] I told you. We will get justice. And we still-- we're going to fight for you, too. We got to fight for everybody. Thank you all so much for just giving us this time because we're here and we're not going anywhere. And I want to thank all the protesters, all the attorneys who stepped up, all the activists who stepped up and many who think they're not activists but advocates, thank you all.

- Amen.

PHILONISE FLOYD: Because justice for George means freedom for all.

- All right.