Apr 20, 2021 - Politics

George Floyd's brother says Biden called him ahead of Chauvin verdict

Philonise Floyd, the brother of the late George Floyd, revealed on NBC's "Today" that President Biden called him and his family on Monday "to let us know he was praying for us and hoping everything would come out to be ok."

Driving the news: The jury in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial is deliberating on Tuesday, after several weeks of witness presentations and arguments.

  • Philonise Floyd was the only member of the Floyd family to take the stand, where he gave an emotional testimony about the role his brother played in his family and their community growing up.
  • "He knows how it is to lose a family member, and he knows the process of what we're going through," Philonise Floyd said about Biden, who also called the family after George Floyd's death last year.

The big picture: "We just want everybody to be peaceful," Philonise Floyd told NBC's Craig Melvin when asked about the potential for violent protests after the verdict, which could come as early as Tuesday.

  • "I'm optimistic about everything," he said about what he expects out of the verdict. "I just feel that in America, if a Black man can’t get justice for this, what can a Black man get justice for?"
  • "Hopefully it will be the way that the world wants to see it, because the video is facts and it's proof of what happened," he added.

Go deeper: Jurors resume deliberations as the nation awaits Chauvin verdict


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