The world was shaken when the original footage of George Floyd's murder went viral. Now his brothers have spoken out, and the internet has blown up in response.
George Floyd's brothers, Philonise and Rodney, spoke at the Democratic Convention last night.
via: TwitterAnd it was an incredibly emotional watch.
The two appeared from their homes in Houston.
via: TwitterAnd led a national moment of silence for their lost brother.
"My brother George was selfless."
via: Twitter"He always made sacrifices for his family, friends, and even complete strangers," said Philonise.
"George had a giving spirit — a spirit that has shown up on streets around our nation, and around the world."
via: Twitter"People of all races, all ages, all genders, all backgrounds — peacefully protesting in the name of love and unity."
"George should be alive today. Breonna Taylor should be alive today. Eric Garner should be alive today. Stephon Clark, Atatiana Jefferson, Sandra Bland, they should all be alive today."
via: Twitter"It's up to us to carry on the fight for justice. Our actions will be their legacies. We must always find ourselves in what John Lewis called 'good trouble.' For the names we do not know, the faces we will never see, those who can't mourn, because their murders didn't go viral."
This story has truly shaken communities worldwide, and the speech solicited some strong reactions across the internet.
via: GettyOn Monday, May 25th, George Floyd - a defenseless and unarmed Black man - was killed while in a police restraint.
George was arrested and forced to the ground...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...
via: TwitterAnd, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."
After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
George died unlawfully at the hands of these officers.
via: GettyThe independent autopsy confirmed that he had passed away as a result of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure." This pressure had cut off blood flow to his brain, the autopsy concluded.
This kind of unjust police brutality towards black men and women has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Things were quick to turn violent.
via: GettyProtesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It is a truly terrifying time...
via: GettyBut change needs to be done and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
And remarkably, they seem to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
But the attention kept turning back to the same thing...
via: GettyIn the days following the incident, there was an overwhelming demand for the 4 police officers involved - Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao - to face criminal charges for their actions.
The day after George's death, it was announced that all 4 officers had been fired.
via: GettyBut there was still no sign of any criminal charges.
Steadily, the anger began to build...
Apparently, at this moment, #DerekChauvin is hiding in his home trying to get food delivered. Imagine if a video of… https://t.co/gCCwFsS9Yy— Richard Marx (@Richard Marx)1590622294.0
The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, even called for the officers' arrest.
via: Getty“Why is the man who killed George Floyd, not in jail?" Frey asked during a press conference. "If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now, and I cannot come up with a good answer to that question."
However, 4 days after George's death, some justice was served.
via: GettyDerek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George's neck, was finally arrested.
Chauvin was taken into custody and was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.
via: GettyHis bond was set at $50,000 before he faced an upgraded charge of second-degree murder, according to Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar.
But what about the other officers?Let's not forget that, while Chauvin is the man primarily responsible for George's death, 3 other police officers - Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao - also played a significant role in the incident.
Chauvin may have been the one to kneel on his neck...But alternative footage from the incident shows that 2 other officers were actually kneeling on his back, while a 4th stood on and watched.
Next, we finally got the news we had all been waiting for.
via: GettyAs reported by the New York Times, it was announced that Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao were all been formally charged with aiding and abetting murder in the death of George Floyd.
None of the officers involved will be getting away with what they did to Floyd...
via: GettyAnd now, more than 2 months on, Chauvin has been officially charged with even more felonies.
Alongside his charge of second-degree murder...
via: GettyChauvin has now been charged with 9 felony counts of aiding and abetting tax fraud in Washington County, Minn, according to the Minnesota Reformer.
This has been going on for a very long time.
@webster When will people realize that Chauvin and others like him are anti social? They do what they want, when th… https://t.co/W59dW7U9rV— Matt, RN (@Matt, RN)1595449237.0
Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
@webster @jaredlholt It’s easy for me to throw stones but people like Chauvin think they are above the law even a l… https://t.co/iXQXAyBMSz— Democrats Were Right About This Years Ago (@Democrats Were Right About This Years Ago)1595445363.0
People aren't exactly surprised to hear about these additional charges...
@webster Funny how psychopathic killers often aren't good citizens. https://t.co/EtcsAMvxbX— Fascism flattened, but never the webrant🕺------🕺 (@Fascism flattened, but never the webrant🕺------🕺)1595450157.0
And now Floyd's brothers have spoken out.
via: GettyAnd it's truly heartbreaking to watch.
@NewsHour Blessings to this family.— Pat Conaway (@Pat Conaway)1597728209.0
@blackvoices So powerful ♥️— Chelsea Bertram (@Chelsea Bertram)1597720802.0
George Floyd's brother gave remarks at the #DNC2020 following Bowser, where he offered a moment of silence for Geor… https://t.co/UzXzSfCgNn— Rebecca Morin (@Rebecca Morin)1597714311.0
@CNN George must be remembered, if Donald Trump gets re-elected he will have died without proper recognition! #BlackLivesMatter— THAT DEMOCRAT (@THAT DEMOCRAT)1597717316.0
@CNN Y’all did your Brother George right! He will be remembered!— ibenezlately (@ibenezlately)1597717159.0
@CNN Well said, your brother would be proud of you.— Jane Stackhouse (@Jane Stackhouse)1597719225.0
George Floyd's brothers have really risen to the challenge, of suddenly being spokespeople, for their brother Georg… https://t.co/t5pqJZxI3K— Christin - #Resist n 🏴☠️ (@Christin - #Resist n 🏴☠️)1597714122.0
Most powerful speech of the evening, from George Floyd’s brother, culminates in a moment of silence “for those we l… https://t.co/J3XtlEnxhR— Julie Cohen (@Julie Cohen)1597714312.0