George Floyd’s younger brother collapsed in court remembering “the head of our family” who made sure they got to school and made “the best banana mayonnaise sandwiches” .
The father of two, Philonise Floyd, 39, shed tears as she showed her a photo of her late mother and a young George.
“He’s my older brother George. I miss both of them, ”he says.
Philonise Floyd spoke as part of an effort by prosecutors to humanize her brother in court and make him more than a crime statistic.
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The state of Minnesota allows “spark of life” testimony like this at trial.
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is accused of killing George Floyd by putting his knee on the 46-year-old black man’s neck during an arrest last May.
Her younger brother described growing up in a poor area of Houston with George and their other siblings.
“He made the best banana mayonnaise sandwiches. And he made the best syrup sandwiches because George couldn’t cook, he couldn’t boil water, ”he says.
Philonise explained how he and his older brother and three other siblings grew up in a housing project for the poor
families in Houston, playing Nintendo video games and dreaming of one day being as talented as their basketball heroes.
They were raised by a mother everyone in the community called Miss Cissy and whom George Floyd adored.
“He would always live up to our mother. He was the boy of a great mother,” he told jurors. “He was going to lie on top of her in the fetus
position as if it were still the uterus. “
He said that as a child George marked his height on the wall, because he loved sports and wanted to grow up.
And he said his brother was someone he always went to for advice.
Earlier Monday, the judge denied a request for immediate isolation from the jury, following the murder of black man Daunte Wright by a police officer who stopped him in his car.
The incident sparked unrest in a suburb just outside Minneapolis and defense attorney for Chauvin argued jurors could be swayed by the prospect of what might happen as a result of their verdict .
But Judge Peter Cahill has said he will not isolate the jury until next Monday, when he expects final arguments to begin.
He also rejected a defense request to question jurors about what they might have seen about the unrest after Sunday’s police shooting of Daunte Wright, 20, in the Brooklyn Center.
Prosecutor Steve Schleicher also objected to the decision, saying: “I don’t think it would be an effective remedy.
“World events are happening.”
The judge previously told the jury to avoid the news during the hearing.
The trial continues.