George Floyd’s brother asks judge to give Derek Chauvin longest prison term possible: ‘My family and I have been given a life sentence.’

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, wipes away tears as he speaks during an interview with broadcaster Roland Martin at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, wipes away tears as he speaks during an interview with broadcaster Roland Martin at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
  • Philonise Floyd said he has not been able to sleep since his brother George was killed last year.
  • “George’s life mattered,” he said at a sentencing hearing Friday for Derek Chauvin.
  • Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree murder and other charges.
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George Floyd’s brother pleaded Friday for former police officer Derek Chauvin to be given the maximum sentence possible for his role in the killing, saying his own family has already been given a “life sentence.”

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in April 2021 for killing Floyd last May in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Speaking at Chauvin’s sentencing hearing, Philonise Floyd said that he has been tormented by the murder of his brother, which sparked a summer of protests across the country. The video of George Floyd’s killing, in which Chauvin kneels on his neck for more than nine minutes, was seen around the world.

“For an entire year, I had to relive George being tortured to death every hour of the day, only taking naps and not knowing what a good night’s sleep is anymore,” Floyd said.

“With a smirk on his face… Officer Chauvin used excessive force and acted against his training. Chauvin had no regard for human life – George’s life,” he said.

He urged the judge to hand Chauvin the maximum sentence for each charge, or up to 75 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

“My family and I have been given a life sentence,” he said. “We will never be able to get George back.”

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