SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -— The uncle of a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis stated he will probably be attending a peaceable demonstration in Speedy Metropolis this weekend, however that he doesn’t approve of the violent protests happening in response to the killing.
George Floyd died Monday after a white police officer knelt on his neck. Floyd’s loss of life has set off days of violent protests within the Twin Cities and throughout the U.S.
“I believe that’s completely outlandish for them to destroy their very own metropolis, their very own house, to make some extent,” Floyd’s uncle, Selwyn Jones, instructed the Speedy Metropolis Journal. “I don’t assume the purpose that they’re making an attempt to make is the purpose that we’re making an attempt to make.”
Jones deliberate to attend a stroll in reminiscence of Floyd on Saturday in Speedy Metropolis. He stated he understands the frustration of the individuals who have been rioting, however that they’re “making the most of a foul state of affairs to specific anger.”
Jones, who lives in Gettysburg, South Dakota, stated he first noticed the video of Floyd’s loss of life on the information, however didn’t instantly acknowledge his nephew.
“I’m considering, ‘Wow, not once more,’” he stated. “Then my spouse seems at me and says, ‘You understand who that’s?’”
Though the video was onerous for him to watch, he was grateful it was posted on-line as a result of it uncovered how the police officer saved his knee on Floyd’s neck for minutes. The officer was arrested and charged with homicide on Friday.
Nonetheless, Floyd’s loss of life has left a gap of their household that can’t be stuffed, even when the officer is imprisoned, Jones stated.
“We don’t get to see him and his large smile anymore,” he stated of his nephew.