On Friday, the family
of George Floyd
took the stand during an emotional sentencing
hearing for convicted murderer Derek Chauvin
to speak directly to the man who killed their loved one.
“I wanted to know why from the man himself,” Terrence Floyd said during the hearing.
, Chauvin was found guilty on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in the death
of Floyd, a Black
man. A video of the fatal encounter showed Chauvin pushing his knee into Floyd's neck as he lay dying.
“What was going through your mind when you had your knee on my brother’s neck?” Terrence Floyd asked Friday. “Why, when you knew he was no longer a threat because he was handcuffed, why didn’t you at least get up? Why did you stay?”
“What was going through your mind when you had your knee on my brother’s neck?... Why you didn’t at least get up? Why you stayed there?”—Terrance Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, breaks down speaking to Derek Chauvin pic.twitter.com/oKkyuNd68o—The Recount
(@therecount) June 25, 2021
Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's other brother, requested that Judge
Peter Cahill impose the harshest sentence possible on Chauvin.
“I’m asking that you please give Officer Chauvin the maximum sentence possible for the charge that he has been found guilty of,” Philonise said during his testimony. “My family and I have been given a life sentence, and we will never be able to get George back.”
Philonise claims that his niece, Gianna, will miss out on the "magical moments of her life," such as her first prom
, because she will not be able to spend them with her father.
“She will never have personal memories with her father,” he says.
Gianna Floyd, 7, recalled memories she shared with her father in her own testimony.
“We used to have dinner every night before we went to bed,” she recalled, adding, “and my daddy would always help me brush my teeth.”
Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison
by Cahill in the end.