The late George Floyd, who was killed while being arrested last year, is remembered by his sister after the heartrending action taken by the police sent shock waves worldwide.
LaTonya Floyd reflects on her brother's death, who was murdered on May 25, 2020. LaTonya spoke to People ahead of the officer's murder trial.
George’s excruciating death was caught on video when a police officer pressed a knee into his neck for 8 minutes. According to the outlet, the brutal act sent millions of people on a protest and helped create a movement against police brutality.
A protester holds a sign commemorating George Floyd during the Hollywood talent agencies march to support Black Lives Matter protests on June 06, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images
LATONYA REMEMBERS HER BROTHER
George's sister remembers him as the little brother who she taught to sing a favorite song by REO Speedwagon. In her memory of the song, she said, “We used to sing the heck out of that.”
LaTonya revealed that the last time she was on the phone with George, they sang together. She added that every time she thinks about their last moment, she cries.
A protester with tattoos holds a sign that says, "Black Lives Matter" with three painted portraits of George Floyd at the Brooklyn Borough of New York on June 19, 2020 | Photo Getty Images
UPCOMING MURDER TRIAL
On March 8, George’s death will take center stage once again as Derek Chauvin, who has since been fired from the force, goes to trial in a Minneapolis courtroom. Chauvin is charged with manslaughter.
The other three now-former police officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, will be tried on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. They all have pleaded not guilty.
The memorial for George Floyd on May 27, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images
GEORGE’S SISTER BRIDGETT WANTS JUSTICE
However, George’s other sibling, Bridgett Floyd, believes that justice will be served because they killed her brother. She spoke to Hoda Kotb on the Today Show in May 2020, a day after they announced that the four officers were fired.
Bridgett said that she would like for the officers to be charged with murder. She shared that she does not want them to be suspended, which could lead to finding another job elsewhere.
Bridgett added that they should take their license away, they should be fired and be put in jail for murder. At the time, she had reportedly not watched the gruesome video of the incident.
A woman carries a poster of George Floyd after viewing his funeral procession to Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery for burial on June 9, 2020 in Pearland, Texas | Photo: Getty Images
EVENTS LEADING UP TO HIS DEATH
The arrest footage shows a white police officer, Chauvin, kneeling on George's neck while pinned on the floor. Transcripts of the police bodycam video show George said more than 20 times that he could not breathe.
The events leading up to his death reportedly occurred within 30 minutes. It started with a report of a fake $20 bill. A report was made on May 25 in the evening when George bought a pack of cigarettes from Cup Foods.
A store employee reported to the police that the $20 bill he used was counterfeit. In a 911 call, the employee said that he demanded the cigarettes back, but George refused, and that’s when two officers arrived at the store, and trouble ensued.
The casket bearing the remains of George Floyd is brought into the chapel for his funeral service at the Fountain of Praise church June 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas | Photo: Getty Images
WHO HE WAS KNOWN AS
George was a family man who moved to Minnesota for a fresh start. He worked as security at a restaurant. His brother, Philonise Floyd, described him as a gentle soul who would not hurt a fly.
According to CNN, George grew up in Houston's Third Ward neighborhood. He was known in the community as a protector and a provider who got along with everyone and seldom wanted anything in return for helping someone out.
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