One in every of George Floyd’s brothers stated Monday that the family is anticipating lawyers to “assassinate” their late brother’s character through the trial of the ex-cop charged with his homicide.
Philonise Floyd, 41, stated the family has “prayed rather a lot” as they put together for Monday’s opening statements in Derek Chauvin’s trial — whereas understanding the previous cop’s protection will blame George’s demise on medication and his life-style.
“We talked about what we all know they’re making an attempt to do, They’re gonna strive to assassinate his character,” Philonese informed “CBS This Morning” Monday, simply hours earlier than the trial was set to start.
He spoke alongside civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who stated that he had ready the family to expect Chauvin’s lawyers to do every little thing they will to “distract” from the “torture video” of his deadly arrest final Might.
“His explanation for demise was overdose of extreme pressure,” Crump insisted, predicting that the protection will as an alternative blame the “hint quantity of medicine in his system” for George’s demise.
“Every little thing that you simply’re going to hear as we speak is simply an try to assassinate his character now that they unjustly killed this black man,” Crump informed Gayle King.
“This homicide case is just not exhausting. You simply take a look at that torture video of George Floyd,” he stated.
Calling his late brother “an incredible particular person,” Philonise praised the assist of these “doing every little thing they will to be sure we get a conviction.”
“I simply need to thank all the protesters for going out combating via a pandemic — they put their lives on the road for what was proper, and I need to thank them for that,” he stated.
“They’re not simply doing this for anyone, they’re doing this for anyone who they know ought to nonetheless be right here dwelling and talking proper now with us,” he stated.
“We cherished our brother, and know lots of people world wide cherished him.”
Chauvin is charged with unintentional second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and manslaughter.
The trial is anticipated to final about 4 weeks on the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis. It is going to be livestreamed, with CourtTV promising “dwell, gavel-to-gavel” protection from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST.