George Floyd's sister: 'They murdered my brother. They killed him.'
The family of the man who died in Minneapolis police custody wants the officers involved to face criminal charges.
Firing the four officers was only a first step, Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd, said Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America program.
“That’s definitely not enough justice for me or my family. I feel like those guys need to be put in jail,” she said from her home in Raeford, N.C. “They murdered my brother. They killed him.”
George Floyd’s brothers also told CNN Tuesday night that they want to see the officers involved face the law.
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Police were responding to a report of a forgery at a store in south Minneapolis Monday when they found Floyd in a vehicle nearby and handcuffed him. A police statement said officers called for an ambulance after noting that Floyd “appeared to be suffering medical distress.”
However, a video shot by a passerby surfaced showing a Minneapolis police officer with his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes as he told the officer he couldn't breathe and begged him to stop. Floyd later died.
Steve Belton, the head of the Urban League Twin Cities, says Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo were right to fire the four officers involved in the death of George Floyd. But he says he would like to see the officers to be arrested and charged.
"There's going to be a clamor from the Federation, the officer's representatives, for due process and for their rights to be observed, but I would refer your listeners to the video and to the fact that Mr. Floyd was given no due process and there were no rights,” Belton said. “I'm not suggesting we conflate one wrong with another, I'm saying it is right under these circumstances to arrest and charge these individuals."
The Minneapolis Police Federation issued a statement urging people to wait for a full investigation. However hundreds of people protested outside a Minneapolis police precinct last night, and some clashed with police who responded with chemical irritant and non-lethal projectiles.