George Floyd’s family wants the 4 officers involved in his death arrested, charged and tried for murder — as their attorney says America needs a state of emergency … to protect black people.
George’s brother, Philonise Floyd, and cousin, Tera Brown, spoke with us Wednesday on “TMZ Live” and reacted to the surveillance video showing the initial moment George was put in handcuffs.
They were, understandably, distraught over what we’ve all seen in the footage — George peacefully responding as an officer arrested him … never physically resisting arrest.
Philonise told us his brother was beloved by everyone who knew him, and said he wasn’t shocked to see George was NOT resisting … as the Minneapolis police first suggested in a statement about the incident.
His brother and cousin got emotional explaining what it was like watching the original video showing George slowly get killed on camera. When we asked what Philonise and Tera would like to see happen now, they didn’t hesitate — both want all the officers there on the scene, especially the one kneeling on George, to be arrested for murder.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey echoed the family’s words during a news conference Wednesday afternoon, where he called for the Hennepin County District Attorney to charge the officer whose knee cut off George’s airway.
Frey said the Floyd family “deserves justice.”
We also spoke to the family’s attorney, Ben Crump — and he told us he is now demanding an executive order be issued announcing a state of emergency for protection of all African-Americans.
It might sound like a big ask, but watch — Crump is deadly serious about his plea, and says in light of George’s case, Ahmaud Arbery’s and so many others … it’s very necessary.