George Floyd's brother left even more hurt after 'dismissive' call from Trump

Joanna Taylor
Monday 01 June 2020 11:00
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Donald Trump did not give George Floyd's brother the "opportunity to speak" during what was supposed to be a phone call of consolation.

Philonise Floyd recalled the moment he spoke to the president while being interviewed by Reverend and civil rights activist Al Sharpton on MSNBC.

It was so fast. He didn't give me the opportunity to even speak.

It was hard, I was trying to talk to him but he just kept pushing me off like 'I don't want to hear what you're talking about'.  

Floyd told the president that he wants "justice" for his brother, who died in an act of horrifying police brutality when former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for seven minutes.

I just told him, I want justice. I said that I couldn't believe that they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight. I can't stand for that. It hurt me.

In the wake of his brother's death, Floyd raised over $6m towards funeral costs, court proceedings and grief counselling for his family.

He is also campaigning for the third degree murder charge against Chauvin to be increased to first degree murder. A third degree murder conviction in Minnesota carries a maximum sentence of 25 years, whilst first degree murder can result in life imprisonment.

Floyd also spoke on the phone to presidential candidate Joe Biden.

I asked vice president Biden, and I never had to beg a man before, but I asked him could he please, please get justice for my brother. 

Black lives matter. We need it. We're fuelled by pain right now. 

Trump has been severely criticised for his response to George Floyd's death and the protests it has sparked across the US.

The president referred to protesters as "thugs" and even called for violence to be used against them.

His dismissive attitude towards the grieving family of George Floyd suggests a total lack of compassion at a time of international mourning and outrage at the horrors of racist police brutality.

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