George Floyd’s sister, LaTonya Floyd, is sharing her thoughts about her brother’s convicted killer Derek Chauvin. According to FOX 26 Houston, Floyd forgives Chauvin for his role in her brother’s passing.
LaTonya Floyd’s sentiments arrive on the heels of the third anniversary of her brother’s passing, as reported by The Shade Room.
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LaTonya Floyd Said She Has To Forgive Chauvin To “Move Forward” With Her Life
Floyd spoke with FOX 26 Houston reporters during a recent event. According to the outlet, she expressed that the world may feel she’s “crazy” for her thoughts, but she needs to forgive Chauvin to “move forward” with her life.
“I know America may think I’m crazy for saying this, but I gotta get this off my chest. At this point, three years down the line, I do forgive Derek Chauvin for what he did, it’s not okay that he did. Ok, but I have to forgive him in order to move forward in my life. I’ve been running around in circles, I’ve been going through a whole lot, and if our higher power don’t forgive us, we’re nothing. We’re lost. We’re outta there. And I can’t keep living my life with this anger, that’s gonna form to hate, such as he had. And it’s going to lead to me doing something like that…”
Floyd’s sister continued to explain that she “can’t live” with those negative feelings. Additionally, she said that she prays Chauvin finds “peace within himself.”
“…because I’m mad, I’m angry. I can’t live with that within me. So I pray for him, and I pray he find peace within himself, and I pray that next time, he kneel down, he’s kneeling down to help someone up, not hold ’em down. God has a plan for everybody. I pray for Derek and I do forgive you, and if you are listening, may the peace of God be with you man.”
Philonese Floyd Also Shared A Statement With Reporters
Goerge Floyd’s brother, Philonese Floyd, also shared a statement with FOX 26 Houston reporters. He explained that he is “still waiting” for the government to pass a law banning chokeholds.
“All of this stuff needs to be passed. If you want to consider this place that we live in in the United States of America to be a great place where people fight to get to.”
President Biden appears to echo similar sentiments. On Thursday — the third anniversary of Floyd’s passing — the president reminded the public of his dedication to passing “meaningful” police reform, as reported by The Shade Room.
“…we know that implementing real and lasting change at the state and local levels requires Congress to act. I urge Congress to enact meaningful police reform and send it to my desk… I will continue to do everything in my power to fight for police accountability in Congress, and I remain willing to work with Republicans and Democrats alike on genuine solutions.”
In George Floyd’s memory, the Biden-Harris Administration will continue to take action to ensure our nation lives up to its founding promise of fair and impartial justice for all. pic.twitter.com/Eue9wDKAId
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 25, 2023
Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 252 in prison in July, as reported by The Shade Room. During a public incident that occurred on May 25, 2020, Chauvin — a Minneapolis police officer at the time — was recorded kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes.
This action caused George Floyd to pass away from suffocation.