The bereaved brother of George Floyd said President Trump didn’t let him get a word in during a condolence call.
Philonise Floyd, the brother of the 46-year-old black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police on Monday after an officer knelt on his neck for several minutes cutting off his air supply, said the president ‘kept pushing me off.’
‘It was so fast, he didn’t even give me the opportunity to speak,’ Floyd told MSNBC host Al Sharpton on Saturday.
‘It was hard. I was trying to talk to him, but he kept pushing me off like “I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about.’
George Floyd’s death on Monday has sparked nationwide protests as well as riots that have included violent clashes with police, widespread looting, and arson in several major cities across the country.
President Trump (left) on Friday spoke to the family of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday. Floyd's brother, Philonise (right), said the president 'didn't even give me the opportunity to speak' during the conversation
Philonise Floyd said that he had a simple message for the president.
‘I just told him: “I want justice”.’
He said: ‘I said that I couldn’t believe that they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight.
‘I can’t stand for that. I can’t.’
Philonise Floyd then broke down in tears while talking about his brother.
‘It hurt me,’ he said of his brother’s death.
‘I just don’t understand, man.
‘Why we gotta go through this? Why we gotta go through this pain, man?
‘I love my brother. I’m never going to see him again.’
Floyd's death has touched off nationwide outrage as protesters and demonstrators staged riots in major American cities. The above image from Saturday shows police officers in riot gear in downtown Miami
DailyMail.com has sought comment from the White House.
During a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday, the president said he expressed sympathy to the Floyd family.
In 2006 Derek Chauvin (pictured), 44, was one of six officers connected to the death of Wayne Reyes
The white police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck has already been investigated over three police shootings and a fatal car chase.
In 2006 Derek Chauvin, 44, was one of six officers connected to the death of Wayne Reyes.
Reyes, 42 was killed by officers after allegedly pulling a shotgun on the six cops, which included Chauvin.
Also that year he was named in a lawsuit filed by an inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility. The case was dismissed in 2007.
Two years later Chauvin was investigated for his role in the 2008 shooting of Ira Latrell Toles during a domestic assault call.
Toles was wounded after police said he went for an officer's gun and Chauvin shot him.
That same year Chauvin was handed a medal of valor for 'his response in an incident involving a man armed with a gun.'
But in 2011 23-year-old Leroy Martinez was shot and injured during a chase given by officers including Chauvin.
Chauvin was arrested Friday - four days after Floyd's death - and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
Tou Thao (pictured), was part of a $25,000 out of court settlement after being sued for using excessive force in 2017
Tou Thao, was part of a $25,000 out of court settlement after being sued for using excessive force in 2017.
A lawsuit obtained by the DailyMail.com shows Thao was sued for using excessive force in arrest where he was accused of punching and kicking a handcuffed suspect 'until his teeth broke'.
The remaining two officers have been identified as Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng.
Both were reportedly rookie cops who were still in their probationary periods.
Thao, Lane and Kueng do not currently face charges.
‘Yesterday, I spoke to George's family and expressed the sorrow of our entire nation for their loss,’ Trump said.
‘I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace, and I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, and menace.
‘Healing not hatred, justice not chaos are the mission at hand.’
The president has been criticized for several tweets that seemed to vow a harsh crackdown against protesters, including one in which he referred to rioters and demonstrators as ‘thugs’ and warning that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts.’
On Saturday, however, the president tried to strike a different note.
‘I understand the pain that people are feeling,’ Trump said.
‘We support the right of peaceful protests and we hear their pleas, but what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with the memory of George Floyd.
‘The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
‘The main victims of this horrible, horrible situation are the citizens who live in these once-lovely communities... The mobs are devastating the life's work of good people and destroying their dreams.
‘We support the overwhelming majority of police officers who are incredible in every way and devoted to public service.’
Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who was filmed pressing his knee against George Floyd’s neck while he struggled to breathe and was handcuffed, has been charged with