The sister of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, appeared on national television Wednesday, calling for officials to charge the officers with murder.
"I would like for those officers to be charged with murder because that’s exactly what they did. They murdered my brother,” Bridgett Floyd said on the “Today” show, wearing a shirt that reads “I can’t breathe,” which video shows her brother saying to police during the altercation. "I don't need them to be suspended and able to work in another state or another county. Their licenses should be taken away; their jobs should be taken away, and they should be put in jail for murder."
The officer who pinned Floyd to the ground — identified as Derek Chauvin — and three other officers at the scene were fired Tuesday. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI are independently investigating the incident.
Benjamin Crump, a nationally renowned civil rights lawyer representing the Floyd family, also spoke on the “Today” show Wednesday.
“We have to send a message with this case. We cannot allow those who are supposed to protect and serve us to do this,” Crump said. “There can’t be two justice systems — one for black America, and one for white America. We have to have equal justice for the United States of America.”
Protesters at the intersection where Floyd was arrested have continued to demand that the officers be charged. Tuesday night, hundreds of protesters attended the demonstration, which included tense confrontations with police. Officers used tear gas and fired rubber bullets indiscriminately into the crowd as some protesters broke the windows of squad cars and the nearby precinct.
Wednesday afternoon, Crump released a statement with Floyd’s family asking protesters to stay peaceful and socially distanced.
“We cannot sink to the level of our oppressors, and we must not endanger others during this pandemic," the statement reads. "We will demand and ultimately force lasting change by shining a light on treatment that is horrific and unacceptable and by winning justice.”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has since joined the push for the officers to face charges. City council members have also condemned the police response to protesters Tuesday night.