NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Terrence Floyd, the younger brother of George Floyd, is scheduled to participate in a protest in the Hub City next month.
Activist and advocate Tormel Pittman, a New Brunswick native who is organizing the event, said they are still in the process of picking the date.
Terrence has consistently called for peace and unity in the wake of his brother’s death in Minneapolis on May 25 while in police custody.
A bystander used his phone to record police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about 8 minutes, 45 seconds.
Terrence has become a family spokesman and activist since his brother’s death. Although there’s grief in his voice, he has often spoken about his brother’s optimism and positive outlook.
“There’s a lot of hurt,” Pittman said. “You can still see his pain and his message is just finding a way for it to stop and us coming together as a people to address this concern. He struggles to get through a full speech without choking up. It’s still fairly new to him, but he’s still pushing unity.”
Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder. He was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department in May.
Video shows fellow officers J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane also restraining Floyd, and officer Tou Thao is seen preventing bystanders from intervening. The three officers have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
There have been protests in the streets of several cities across the country in the wake of Floyd’s death. Although many of them have turned violent and there have been many clashes between law enforcement and protestors, rallies such as the one on Sunday in New Brunswick have been peaceful but impassioned.
About 400 people walked through the streets on Sunday in a protest organized by Pittman, who invoked the names of Floyd, Mike Brown, Brionna Taylor and others.
Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother, spoke to the crowd on the steps of the Middlesex County Courthouse, urging them to pressure legislators to make systemic changes. And if they won’t, she urged the members of the community to use their votes to elect officials who will.