In powerful, painful testimony, at US congressional panel confronting racial injustice and police violence, Philonise Floyd pleaded with Congress on Wednesday to implement sweeping restrictions on the use of force by police, such as the kind that led to the killing of his older brother.

Iran Press/America: At a US congressional panel confronting racial injustice and police violence on Wednesday 10 June heard an impassioned plea from a brother of George Floyd not to let his death in Minneapolis police custody to have been in vain, lamenting that he “didn’t deserve to die over $20.

He said: “George wasn’t hurting anyone that day. He didn’t deserve to die over 20 dollars. I am asking you: Is that what a Black man’s life is worth? Twenty dollars? This is 2020.

He added: "Enough is enough,“ Floyd said in opening remarks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on a proposed police-reform bill. “The people marching in the streets are telling you enough is enough.”

George Floyd died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer less than two weeks ago, after a shopkeeper accused Floyd of passing a bad $20 bill. The video of Floyd pleading with the officer, who pressed a knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes until Floyd stopped moving, sparked widespread outrage and mass protests across the country.

Philonise Floyd asked committee members to make sure that his brother was “more than another face on a T-shirt, more than another name on a list that will keep growing.”

“George’s calls for help were ignored,” he said. “Please listen to the call I’m making to you now, to the calls of our family, and to the calls ringing out in the streets across the world.”

The demonstrations in the US are the result of anger over the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, who was killed by a white police officer while being arrested.

Floyd's neck and chest were pressed to the ground by policemen for nearly nine minutes, despite the victim's pleas that he could not breathe.


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