Philonise Floyd told lawmakers Wednesday he believes former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s motivation to hold his knee on his brother George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes was “personal.” Floyd testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning in the Capitol about the need for police reform after his brother died at the hands of Minneapolis police on Memorial Day.
“No, sir. I don’t really know why he did it,” Philonise Floyd answered in response to a question about the officer's motive for kneeling on his brother's neck for so long. “But personally, I think it was personal because they worked at the same place. So for him to do something like that, it had to be premeditated.”
Can't have it both ways - “Personally, I think it was personal, because they worked at the same place,” Philonise Floyd said. “For him to do something like that, it had to be premeditated — and he wanted to do that.”https://t.co/mVeWXNypNQ— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) June 11, 2020
The testimony corroborates new details from a CBS News interview of a former coworker of George Floyd and Derek Chauvin who said that not only did the two know each other, but they had a history of friction.
“They bumped heads ... It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue,” former co-worker David Pinney told CBS Evening News.
‘The world is in pain right now’ — George Floyd’s brother Philonise is ‘demanding justice’ shortly after testifying before Congress on Wednesday pic.twitter.com/OB9PngeIGp— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 11, 2020
WATCH: Powerful testimony from Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020 before @HouseJudiciary for hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability: pic.twitter.com/WAG7ftlPup— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) June 10, 2020
Floyd's brother testifies https://t.co/GI70vdFoEf— pop.finna (@popfinna) June 11, 2020