George Floyd, who was black, was declared dead on May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while he was handcuffed and pleading that he couldn’t breathe.
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“My brother complied,” Philonise Floyd said during the service. “He said ‘I can’t breathe.’ He said ‘mama.’ He said ‘tell my kids I love them’… Nobody should have to go through that, nobody should have to endure that.”
Chauvin is charged with unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Proceedings are scheduled to begin Monday morning US time, and the trial is expected to last about four weeks.
Philonise Floyd called for a conviction and urged observers to focus on the bystander video capturing his brother’s struggle, The Star-Tribune reported. Prosecutors have not said when they will play the video, but legal experts expect it to be early in the trial.
“I have faith that he will get convicted,” Mr Floyd said. “Just like everybody who’s seen that video because the video is the proof.”
Rev. Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, added that the prayer service also served as a show of support for the Floyd family.“I wanted them to see all these people come,” Rev. Sharpton said during the event. “I wanted them to know we’re with them… we will be there with them until the end.”