Floyd’s brother to testify in front of House Judiciary Committee hearing on police brutality
Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next Wednesday, June 10, sources confirmed to The Hill.
It’s not yet clear if Philonise Floyd will testify in-person or virtually now that the House has amended its procedures to allow virtual hearings in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The hearing comes as House Democrats plan to unveil policing reform legislation this week that would repeal the so-called “qualified immunity” doctrine on Monday.
Floyd’s two brothers, Philonise and Terrence Floyd, have been vocal about racial justice since demonstrations protesting Floyd’s death and other instances of police brutality have erupted in dozens of American cities.
Some demonstrations in U.S. cities have led to looting and police violence. However, the majority of protests have been peaceful.
“He didn’t give me an opportunity to even speak,” Philonise Floyd told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. “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.’ ”
During a protest in Minneapolis last week, Terrence Floyd delivered an impassioned speech in which he urged demonstrators to stop destroying property and remember they have a voice they can use in elections.
“Let’s do this another way. Let’s stop thinking our voice don’t matter and vote,” Terrence Floyd said. “Not just for the president … Educate yourself and know who you’re voting for. And that’s how we’re going to hit ’em.”