Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter on April 20, 2021. According to state officials, because Chauvin did not commit a “typical” version of each offense, he should have received a lengthier sentence. Backing up this sentiment, Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd delivered a heartbreaking plea for Chauvin to be given the maximum sentence possible for his role in Floyd’s murder, noting that his family has already been given a “life sentence.”
In his emotional hard-to-watch plea, Philonise Floyd shared that he has not been able to sleep since his brother’s death. “I was a trucker and immediately my life changed forever,” he said, wiping away tears as he spoke. “I began to speak to the world for George.”
Additionally, he expressed the trauma associated with Floyd’s killing and the video of Chauvin kneeling on his neck going viral worldwide. “For an entire year, I had to relive George being tortured to death every hour of the day, only taking naps and not knowing what a good night’s sleep is anymore,” Philonise Floyd said.
“With a smirk on his face … Officer Chauvin used excessive force and acted against his training. Chauvin had no regard for human life—George’s life,” he continued. He pleaded with the judge to give Chauvin the maximum sentence for each charge, or up to 75 years in prison without the possibility of parole. “My family and I have been given a life sentence,” he said. “We will never be able to get George back.”
Watch the emotional video of him urging the judge to extend Chauvin’s sentence below.
Warning: video is extremely emotional