George Floyd's Brother Says Trump Was Dismissive During Meeting: 'He Didn't Give Me An Opportunity To Even Speak'
The family also spoke to Biden.
May 31, 2020 at 10:17 pm
George Floyd’s brother did not receive any comfort from a phone call with President Donald Trump.
Philonise Floyd accused Trump of being dismissive during their conversation.
"He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak," Philonise Floyd told PoliticsNation host Al Sharpton. "It was hard. I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept, like, pushing me off, like 'I don't want to hear what you're talking about.'”
"And I just told him, I want justice,” he added. “I said that I couldn't believe that they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight."
Trump had a different recollection of his meeting with the Floyds.
"I want to express our nation's deepest condolences and most heartfelt sympathies to the family of George Floyd," Trump said on Friday. "I spoke to members of the family -- terrific people."
George died on May 25, after former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin drove his knee into the 46-year-old’s neck until he passed out. Chauvin and three other MPD officers were fired after the incident. After days of unrest, Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with murder and manslaughter, per WCCO. As of press time, he is the only one who has been charged.
Philonise also told Sharpton about a conversation he had with former vice-president Joe Biden.
"I asked Vice President Biden -- I never had to beg a man before -- but I asked him, could he please, please get justice for my brother," he recalled. "I need it. I do not want to see him on a shirt just like the other guys. Nobody deserved that. Black folk don't deserve that. We're all dying. Black lives matter."
The Floyd family is pursuing an independent autopsy after one done by Hennepin County blamed preexisting conditions for his demise. A preliminary report stated there were "no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation."
The report went on to attribute the death to the “combined effect of Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions, and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death."
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the family, announced their intentions to seek a second opinion on Saturday.
“Because the results do not address in detail the effect of purposeful use of force on Mr. Floyd's neck and the extent of Mr. Floyd's suffering at the hands of police, the family has chosen to engage an independent medical examiner to conduct their own autopsy," Crump said in a statement, according to KARE 11.
The following day, Crump expressed his disapproval of the charges Chauvin received for George's death.
“I've talked with his family ad nauseam because you can imagine after seeing the police have his knee on his neck, not for one minute, not for two minutes, not for three minutes, but for over eight minutes while George pleaded, I can't breathe, I can't breathe, called for his mother,” Crump said during an interview with CBS News.
Crump told host Margaret Brennan audio taken from a bodycam will prove Chauvin intended to kill George.
“We now have the audio from the police body cam and we hear where one officer says he doesn't have a pulse, maybe we should turn him on his side,” Crump added. “But yet, Officer Chauvin says no, we're going to keep him in this position. That's intent.”