READ: Philonise Floyd’s statement to Congress

Greg Nash

Philonise Floyd spoke to Congress about his late brother George Floyd on Wednesday, saying he was testifying to “make sure that his death isn’t in vain.”

“George’s calls for help were ignored. Please listen to the call I’m making to you now, to the calls of our family, and to the calls ringing out in the streets across the world,” Floyd said, addressing the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing on law enforcement accountability and reform. 

George Floyd died last month after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, in an incident that was caught on video. He had been accused of trying to use a counterfeit $20. His death launched protests against racism and police brutality around the world. 

“He didn’t deserve to die over $20. I am asking you, is that what a black man’s life is worth? Twenty dollars?” Floyd’s brother asked Congress. 

Read Floyd’s full opening statement as provided to the committee below. 

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