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George Floyd 'didn't deserve to die over $20', his brother tells US politicians

The brother of George Floyd has said the unarmed black man "didn't deserve to die over $20" as he urged politicians to make sure his death "wasn't in vain". Philonise Floyd addressed members of the house judiciary committee a day after his brother was buried in Houston, Texas.
George Floyd was killed after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds in Minneapolis on 25 May.

He had been arrested after allegedly using a counterfeit $20 note in a shop, and his death sparked anti-racism protests across the US and the world.

The 46-year-old's brother said at the hearing on Wednesday: "I'm tired. I'm tired of the pain I'm feeling now and I'm tired of the pain I feel every time another black person is killed for no reason.

"I'm here today to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain. Stop us from being tired.

"George's calls for help were ignored. Please listen to the call I'm making to you now to the calls of our family, and to the calls ringing out in the streets across the world."
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