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George Floyd's brother says destruction 'not what he was about'

The Hill logo The Hill 6/1/2020 Rebecca Klar

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Terrence Floyd in an interview on Monday said his older brother George Floyd would not have wanted people to engage in violent protests tin his name, and warned it risked overshadowing the peaceful protests against racism in police departments.

"He would want us to seek justice the way we are, the way we're trying to do, but channel it another way," Terrence Floyd said Monday on "Good Morning America." 

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"Ripping up, damaging your hometown is not the way he'd want," he added.

In response to a question from "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts, Terrence Floyd said he was concerned that some of the violence is taking away from the call for justice.

"Yes, I do feel like it's overshadowing what's going on," he responded. 

Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, speaks at a makeshift memorial honouring George Floyd, at the spot where he was taken into custody, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., June 1, 2020.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson © Reuters Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, speaks at a makeshift memorial honouring George Floyd, at the spot where he was taken into custody, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Photo by Reuters  

"He was about peace, he was about unity. The things that's transpiring now, they may call it unity, but it's destructive unity. It's not what he was about. That's not what my brother was about," Terrence Floyd added.

George Floyd died last week while in custody of Minneapolis police. A video of his arrest shows an officer kneeling on his neck as he said he could not breathe. The officer has since been charged with murder. 

a person walking down a street next to a fire: George Floyd's brother says destruction 'not what he was about' © The Hill George Floyd's brother says destruction 'not what he was about'

Protests have broken out across the country in response to the death. In some municipalities, curfews have been imposed and the National Guard has been called in after some of the demonstrations have turned violent.

Terrence Floyd said his brother was a "gentle giant" who was always able to motivate others no matter what hardships they were going through. He said George Floyd would be motivating others to channel their anger to "do something positive or make a change another way." 

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