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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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Protests erupt after police shoot Black driver near Minneapolis

Protesters create a chalk circle that reads "Justice for Daunte Wright" in the street in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Police fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop near Minneapolis Sunday, sparking protests and unrest that lasted into the night.

Between the lines: The shooting in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center, in Hennepin County, has further heightened tensions between police and the local community as the trial continues of former police officer Derek Chauvin, over the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin trial leaves cities, activists across America on edge

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The impact of the Derek Chauvin trial is reverberating far beyond the walls of the downtown Minneapolis courtroom.

The state of play: With the trial set to enter its third week, activists across America are watching the proceedings unfold with heavy skepticism that what they perceive as justice will be served.

Apr 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

"SNL" cold open addresses Derek Chauvin trial

A screenshot of the latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open, satarizing the Derek Chauvin trial with a news program called "Eye on Minnesota." Photo: NBC

The latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open used a news show sketch to tackle the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder and manslaughter charges over the death of George Floyd.

The big picture: In the "Eye on Minnesota" skit, white "anchors" Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat spoke of their faith in the justice system. Black anchors Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim were more doubtful. Nwodim's journalist noted, "We've seen this movie before."

  • Actress Carey Mulligan hosted the show. Kid Cudi was the musical guest.

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