After a week of protests and, in many cities, looting and violent run ins with police, the younger brother of George Floyd arrived Monday at the Minneapolis intersection where Floyd’s life came to an end a week ago.
Terrence Floyd cried and knelt in prayer. He offered the crowd gathered around him the family’s hopes for peaceful protests and additional arrests in connection with his brother’s death. And he ultimately led the crowd through a series of chants, including “Peace on the left, justice on the right,” as if to say the two must go hand in hand.
“First of all, first of all,” Terrence Floyd said. “If I’m not over here wilin’ out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community — then what are y’all doing? Nothing, because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all.”
“So let’s do this another way,” he said. “Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter and vote…because it’s a lot of us and we still going to do this peacefully.”
Terrence Floyd then lead the crowd in a chant of, “Peace on the left and justice on the right.”
Floyd thanked the crowd for its support and implored people to continue to press for justice in connection with his brother’s death. Then came a chant referring to the fact that only one of the four officers involved in the fatal encounter has been arrested and charged with a crime: “One down, three to go.”
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