Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, a Black man who died earlier this week after a white police officer pinned him down along with his knee for a number of minutes, mentioned he simply desires justice for his brother.
A video of Monday’s incident reveals George, who was unarmed, pleading with Minneapolis cops, saying “I can’t breathe” whereas pinned to the bottom, earlier than changing into unresponsive with the officer’s knee nonetheless on his neck.
He was pronounced lifeless at a neighborhood hospital in a while Monday.
Protests have since erupted throughout the United States as anger over his loss of life intensified, with some demonstrators getting access to a police precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota and setting sections of the constructing on hearth.
On Thursday, Philonise mentioned the protesters “have the same pain that I feel”.
“I want everybody to be peaceful right now but people are torn and hurt because they’re tired of seeing black men die constantly, over and over again,” Philonise advised CNN.
“I understand and I see why a lot of people are doing a lot of different things around the world. I don’t want them to lash out like that, but I can’t stop people right now. Because they have pain. They have the same pain that I feel. I want everything to be peaceful, but I can’t make everybody be peaceful. I can’t. It’s hard.”
‘I simply need justice’
The 4 officers concerned in Monday’s incident had been swiftly fired, however Floyd’s household, group leaders and residents are calling for arrests to be made.
Hundreds of protesters marched in downtown Minneapolis for a 3rd night time on Thursday, demanding justice and an finish to police violence.
“Say his name. George Floyd,” protesters chanted. “I can’t breathe.”
While the protests have began peaceable, they’ve descended into chaos with experiences of looting, arson and vandalism.
Police have used tear gasoline and non-lethal projectiles to disperse the crowds, drawing anger from native residents.
A big hearth was seen near the third precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) on Thursday.
A police spokesman confirmed employees had evacuated the third Precinct station “in the interest of the safety of our personnel”. Protesters might be seen setting hearth to a Minneapolis Police Department jacket.
I got here again out. This is my neighborhood. You can see flames for a mile and really feel the warmth from a block away pic.twitter.com/0kmkBqcFZJ
— Max Nesterak (@maxnesterak) May 28, 2020
The City of Minneapolis urged protesters to retreat from the realm over unconfirmed experiences that gasoline strains had been reduce.
Protesters outdoors the police constructing might be heard yelling: “We’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
When requested within the CNN interview what his message to the police is, Philonise mentioned he desires them “to get everything right”.
“I would like them to get all the pieces proper. Start doing all of your job the precise approach as a result of I have never been seeing it, years and years down the road I have never been seeing it in any respect.
“I’m tired of seeing Black men die. Black lives matter too,” he mentioned, earlier than breaking down in tears.
“I just want justice. I just want justice,” Philonise mentioned, wiping his tears.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information companies