The family of George Floyd, a Minnesota man who died after been held down by the neck by police in Minneapolis, spoke on Tuesday about the void his death has left in their lives.
Watch their news conference in the video above.
“This is what those officers took from us,” the mother of George Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, said. “At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father. He will never see her grow up, graduate. He will never walk her down the aisle.”
“If there’s a problem she’s having and she needs her dad, she does not have that anymore. I’m here for my baby and I’m here for George, because I want justice for him. I want justice for him because he was good, no matter what anybody thinks, he was good — and this is the proof,” Washington said, pointing to their daughter. “He was a good man.”
Her remarks came one week after Floyd’s death on May 25.
The family of George Floyd commissioned an independent autopsy, which found on June 1 that he had died due to asphyxiation from sustained pressure on his back and neck. “What we found is consistent with what people saw. There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death,” Dr. Michael Baden, one of the medical examiners on the team, said in a statement released by the Floyd family and their attorney, Benjamin Crump.
“From all the evidence, the doctors said it now appears Mr. Floyd died at the scene,” the statement said. That finding contradicts what was stated in the criminal complaint which said the Hennepin County medical examiner saw “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”