George Floyd’s brother will testify before a key House committee next week, as lawmakers scramble to respond to nationwide protests demanding an end to police violence against African Americans.
Philonise Floyd will talk about his brother’s death during a hearing Wednesday on police brutality and racial profiling, the House Judiciary Committee spokesperson Shadawn Reddick-Smith told USA TODAY.
George Floyd died gasping for breath while a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. A video of Floyd’s death, taken by a bystander, has ignited days of protests across the United States. Amid the national outrage, the officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with second-degree murder and three other officers at the scene have been charged with aiding and abetting.
“A movement is happening today, and George Floyd sparked that fuel,” Rev. Christoppher D. Stackhouse said in a eulogy at the service. “He sparked the fuel that is going to change this nation.”
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