Apr 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

George Floyd's brother gives emotional testimony at Chauvin trial

Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's younger brother, gave an emotional testimony Monday about the role his brother played in his family and their community growing up.

The state of play: Philonise was the first member of Floyd's family to testify in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. His testimony lasted less than 10 minutes, and the defense chose not to cross-examine him.

Driving the news: Floyd alternatively wept and smiled while recalling their childhood in public housing and his brother's close bond with their mother.

What he's saying: "He was so much of a leader to us in the household. He would always make sure that we had our clothes for school. He made sure that we all were going to be to school on time," Floyd told prosecutors.

  • "Like I told you, George couldn't cook. But he will make sure you have a snack or something to get in the morning.”
  • "He just was like a person that everybody loved around the community. He just knew how to make people feel better."

Floyd also spoke about his brother's love of sports as well as his grief at their mother's passing.

  • He said that he hadn't seen George in person since around the time of their mother's funeral in 2018, but that the brothers stayed in close contact over phone calls and texts.
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