George Floyd's brother: Biden 'deserves a chance to prove himself worthy'
© Getty Images

Brothers of George Floyd, the 46-year-old Black man who died earlier this year in Minneapolis police custody, said on Wednesday that Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE “deserves a chance to prove himself worthy.” 

Comments from the brothers come as the United States awaits the results of the high-stakes 2020 election. 

Brothers Philonise and Rodney Floyd told ABC13 in Houston that they think Biden, whom they voted for, is going to eventually win the contest. 


"To me, I think [Biden] actually deserves a chance to prove himself worthy, everybody has an opportunity, but he deserves it this time,” Philonise Floyd said. 

The two brothers spent Election Day encouraging Americans to vote, including by participating in rallies in Chicago and giving out drinks in Houston.

"Justice is on the ballot, equality is on the ballot, so the [George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020] needs to be passed," Philonise Floyd said. "I don't want to see anybody else choked to death."

But the brothers noted the day after Election Day that it’s unlikely Democrats will take control of the Senate, which could prevent the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act from being taken up. 

"It's not going to happen, it's not going to happen," Rodney Floyd said. "That bill's been sitting on their desk, collecting dust."

The House passed a police reform bill in June, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote MORE (R-Ky.) has not brought it to the Senate floor.

The results of the 2020 election are still up in the air two days after Election Day, as neither candidate has reached the necessary 270 electoral votes to win. Votes are still being counted in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska as the election yielded an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots amid the pandemic, which take longer to process.

As of Thursday evening, the election results appear to favor Biden who is projected to win the "blue wall" states of Wisconsin and Michigan, according to The Associated Press. Biden has thin leads over president Trump in the states of Nevada and Arizona and is making gains in Pennsylvania and Georgia. 

George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody in May sparked international protests over racial injustice and police brutality that have lasted through the summer.

On Thursday, the Minnesota judge overseeing the trial of the four officers involved in Floyd’s detainment decided that all four would stand trial together.