George Floyd's brother condemns violent protests: "My brother was about peace"

by Jordyn Pair · Jun 1st, 2020 9:48 am
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Last Updated Jun 1st, 2020 at 2:56 pm

The younger brother of George Floyd is calling for peaceful protests and asking demonstrators to not "tear up your town" as violent protests spread across the country.

"[S]ometimes I get angry, I want to bust some heads, too," Terrence Floyd said during an ABC News interview on Sunday night.. "I wanna ... just go crazy. But I'm here. My brother wasn't about that. My brother was about peace. You'll hear a lot of people say he was a gentle giant."

Terrence Floyd also said his brother would "want us to seek justice," but to channel the anger in a different way.

"It's OK to be angry, but channel your anger to do something positive or make a change another way because we've been down this road already," he said on "Good Morning America" on Monday. "The anger, damaging your hometown is not the way he'd want."

He also said that he will be traveling to the spot where his brother died so he can "connect with him again."

"I just want to feel my brother's spirit," he said.

George Floyd died last week in Minneapolis after then-police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during an arrest. Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with murder.

"I want to see all of them get punished to the full extent for what they did to my brother," Terrence Floyd said. "Because when I saw the videos, not only was the dude on his neck ... not only that, you got the other three officers behind the camera, behind the car on him. So he can't move."

Protests against police brutality have turned violent across the nation, resulting in looting, burning, and several deaths.

"Don't tear up your town, all of this is not necessary because if his own family and blood is not doing it, then why are you?" Terrence Floyd told ABC News. "If his own family and blood are trying to deal with it and be positive about it, and go another route to seek justice, then why are you out here tearing up your community? Because when you're finished and turn around and want to go buy something, you done tore it up. So now you messed up your own living arrangements. So just relax. Justice will be served."

Terrence Floyd said he feels that rioters are co-opting the message of the demonstrations and that his brother was known in the community for "positivity" and "motivation," which "is how he should be remembered."

"Do something positive. Stop making excuses," he said. "And that's what I feel is going on: They're using this as an excuse to be stupid."

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