Biden calls George Floyd’s brother Philonise to tell him ‘he knows what it’s like to lose a family member’ and that he ‘prays everything will be okay’ ahead of the verdict
- Philonise told Today that Biden called him when the jury was sent to deliberate
- “He just let us know he was praying for us,” said Floyd’s brother
- ‘We just want everyone to be peaceful,’ he added as the US braces for verdict
- He also said, ‘If a black man can’t get justice for this, then what can a black man get justice for’
- Philonise spoke out as the jury prepared for their second day of deliberation
- Fury grows over Maxine Waters’ call for BLM to be ‘more confrontational’
George Floyd’s brother Philonise revealed that President Joe Biden called him Monday when the jury was sent to deliberate on Derek Chauvin’s trial.
He just called. He knows what it’s like to lose a family member. And he knows the process of what we’re going through, so he just let us know that he was praying for us, and he hoped everything would be okay, ” Philonise told NBC’s’ Today.
Philonise Floyd said he is “optimistic” about the upcoming verdict.
“Hopefully it will be the way the world wants to see it,” he noted.
He also expressed hope for peace after the verdict is revealed.
“We just want everyone to be peaceful,” he added, as Minneapolis braces for the verdict.
More than 3,000 Minnesota National Guard members have been activated and hundreds marched through the streets of Minneapolis Monday night as the US awaits the outcome of the trial.
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George Floyd’s brother Philonise reveals President Biden called him Monday when the jury was sent to deliberate on Derek Chauvins’s trial
Philonise went on to say, “I just feel like in America, if a black man can’t get justice for this, what a black man can get justice for?”
Following the trial, Biden is concerned that a verdict could create racial tension at a time when multiple American cities are on edge after police killings.
The images of Chauvin kneeling around George Floyd’s neck during Floyd’s arrest last summer sparked protests in Minneapolis and across the country. If the Chauvin jury were to pass judgment this week or next, the results would come amid renewed tensions in communities where police have shot suspects during traffic stops and arrests – along with sharp divisions over efforts to contain the coronavirus and a new wave of mass shootings.
Philonise spoke out as the Minneapolis jury prepared to return for a second day of deliberations and amid anger over Maxine Waters’ call for Chauvin to be found guilty and Black Lives Matter protesters to be “ more confrontational. ”
The California Democrat caused outrage by traveling to Minneapolis on Saturday, urging protesters to “ become more confrontational ” if Chauvin was acquitted.
Her comments, on the eve of the jury withdrawing to consider her verdict, were widely condemned and, it turned out on Monday, could have resulted in Chauvin’s defense appealing and transferring a guilty verdict.
‘(Biden) knows what it’s like to lose a family member. And he knows the process of what we’re going through, so he just let us know that he was praying for us, and he hoped everything would be fine, ” Philonise told NBC Today.
Still, Waters, 82, defiantly insisted on Monday afternoon that she stood by her words.
“The judge says my words don’t matter,” she told CNN.
When the judge was urged that her comments could be grounds for appeal, she replied, “Oh no, no, they didn’t.”
She insisted she was completely justified in her call to action, saying, “The whole civil rights movement is confrontational.”
Republican minority leader Kevin McCarthy comes forward with a resolution condemning Waters, saying that her comments “incited violence.”
He believes up to 15 Democrats can support the censure motion and said Waters “believes violence is valuable.”
Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, have said she should not apologize for her comments.
The White House also declined to condemn Waters’s comments. Biden’s press secretary said Monday that protests should be “ peaceful, ” but did not immediately respond to Waters’ comments.
Local organizer Brandyn Tulloch addresses the crowd during a demonstration on Monday
Protesters take to the streets in Minneapolis as jurors begin discussions after trial of former officer Derek Chauvin
Protesters gathered in Minneapolis on Monday when the jury began deliberating on a verdict in the case against Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death.