George Floyd's brother, whose police assassination sparked global anti-racism protests, urged Congress on Wednesday to "stop the pain" by adopting reforms to address and alleviate police brutality.
The day after his brother's funeral in Houston, Philonise Floyd personally appeared before a hearing in the House of Representatives, describing the fear of watching a video of George's death, and urged lawmakers to address systemic law enforcement issues.
"I'm here to ask you to stop it. Stop the pain," said younger Floyd, wiping his forehead and holding back the tears.
"I can't tell you what kind of pain you feel when you watch … your big brother, whom you have looked up to all your life, dies – dies and begs for his mother," he added.
"George called for help and was ignored. Please listen to the call I am making now, the call from our family, and the calls that ring on the streets of the world," said Floyd, an anti Anti wore. Virus mask with a picture of his brother.
"Maybe by speaking to you today, I can make sure his death won't be in vain."
George Floyd, 46, died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 when a white officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.
The shocking abuse video went viral and protests – some violent, most peaceful – broke out from coast to coast in generations of some of the most serious unrest in the United States.
The testimony came shortly after the Congress Democrats introduced a package of comprehensive reforms aimed at reducing systemic racism in the U.S. law enforcement agencies.
Legislation aims to partially end police brutality by facilitating criminal prosecution for abuse, training in anti-racism, and excluding fired officials from working in police forces in other districts.
Choke holds would be made illegal and lynching would become a federal hate crime.
Republican House Justice Committee chief Jim Jordan admitted that it was "time for a real discussion" about police treatment for African Americans, which is the latest sign that Republicans are also planning to make changes to the system.
"It's as wrong as it can be," Jordan said to Philonise Floyd about George Floyd's death, "and your brother's murderers will be brought to justice."
(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and published from a syndicated feed.)