George Floyd’s Brother to Testify Before Congress in Hearing on Police Brutality and Racial Profiling

Philonese Floyd speaks at a memorial service for his brother, George Floyd. (Julio Cortez, AP)

George Floyd’s brother will testify before a key House committee next week, as lawmakers scramble to respond to nationwide protests demanding an end to police violence against African Americans. 

Philonise Floyd will talk about his brother’s death during a hearing Wednesday on police brutality and racial profiling, the House Judiciary Committee spokesperson Shadawn Reddick-Smith told USA TODAY.

George Floyd died gasping for breath while a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. A video of Floyd’s death, taken by a bystander, has ignited days of protests across the United States. Amid the national outrage, the officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with second-degree murder and three other officers at the scene have been charged with aiding and abetting.

On Saturday, Floyd’s family, friends and community members packed a church near Fayetteville, North Carolina, where Floyd was born.

“A movement is happening today, and George Floyd sparked that fuel,” Rev. Christoppher D. Stackhouse said in a eulogy at the service. “He sparked the fuel that is going to change this nation.”

Philonise Floyd’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, first reported by ABC News, comes as congressional Democrats are set to unveil legislation Monday aimed at addressing some of the concerns raised by protesters.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Nicholas Wu and Deirdre Shesgreen