George Floyd’s brother pleaded for peace on Monday after nearly a week of violent protests in Minneapolis and across the country.
Terrence Floyd kneeled and cried during a demonstration at the site of his brother’s death. Two men who arrived with him appeared to have to hold him up amid the emotion.
“First of all, first of all,” Terrence Floyd said. "If I’m not over here wilin’ out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community — then what are y’all doing? Nothing, because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all."
"So let’s do this another way," he said. "Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter and vote…because it’s a lot of us and we still going to do this peacefully.”
Funeral services scheduled for Thursday:
Floyd’s funeral will be held on Thursday in Minneapolis, where Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver a eulogy.
Memorials will also be held in Raeford, North Carolina, where Floyd was born, and in Houston, Texas, where Floyd previously lived.
Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is reportedly paying for the funeral costs.
The funeral comes after two autopsies concluded that Floyd’s death was a homicide.
“We believe truth will help lead to justice and so, despite how painful these autopsy findings are, especially for George Floyd’s family, we think it is essential that the truth comes out about the manner and the exact manner and science as to how George Floyd was killed,” Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family, told reporters on Monday.
Family expects more cops arrested:
Floyd’s family expects other officers on the scene of the killing to be arrested after former Officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
“We heard that they expect to charge those officers...We understand they will be charged. That is what the family is hearing from the authorities and he [George Floyd] died on the scene and that's important to note,” Crump told The Today Show on Tuesday.
Crump added that he expects more serious charges against Chauvin.
“I think it's very likely the charges are going to be upgraded...Why is it when a white police kills a black person in America, we act like it’s such a difficult thing to charge them with what we would be charged with,” he said.