Jun 1, 2020

Terrence Floyd, Brother of George Floyd, Memorial Prayer Transcript At Site of Floyd’s Death

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Terrence Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, held a prayer in Minneapolis at the place Floyd’s killing took place. He was joined by Rev. Kevin McCall, activist Chris Banks, and others. Read the transcript of the speech here.

 

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Rev. Kevin McCall: (00:42)
Hey, hey, hey. Hey, hey. First of all, before I start, let me say one thing to the media. You have to be respectful. I know you want a story, but it’s not about your story, so you have to be respectful. Good afternoon, my brothers and my sisters.

Audience: (00:49)
Good afternoon.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (01:13)
My white allies, my blue allies that are here today. My name is Reverend Kevin McCall. I’m a civil rights leader in Brooklyn, New York.

Audience: (01:25)
Thank you for coming.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (01:27)
We came today with a delegation that you will hear from. The delegation consists of attorney Sanford Rubenstein, community activist Chris Banks, the brother of George Floyd, Terrance Floyd.

Audience: (01:46)
God bless you.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (01:46)
We came all the way, flew all the way here.

Audience: (01:46)
Thank you, brother.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:01)
For simply one message.

Audience: (02:04)
Yes. Yes, sir.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:04)
We came in solidarity of those who are in … been in the streets peacefully, protesting, simply saying no justice …

Audience: (02:04)
No peace.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:04)
… and no peace.

Audience: (02:04)
Yep. That’s right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:04)
This family is a respectable family.

Audience: (02:04)
That’s right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:04)
This family is a peaceful family.

Audience: (02:17)
Yes they are.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:17)
As as outraged as you are, the family is too.

Audience: (02:17)
That’s right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:51)
But you cannot come before the family.

Audience: (02:51)
That’s it. You go speak.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:52)
You cannot become before the victim. The family has called for peace.

Audience: (02:52)
Come on now. Come on.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:52)
The family has called for peace.

Audience: (02:52)
Come on now. Peace.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:52)
The family has called for peace.

Audience: (02:52)
Yes.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (02:52)
The family has called for peace. The family has called for peace. We’re sending a message to people all over this country to stop looting.

Audience: (03:23)
Yes.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (03:23)
And throw up the peace sign.

Audience: (03:29)
Yes.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (03:29)
The power is in the numbers.

Audience: (03:32)
Come on, brother.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (03:35)
Don’t stop protesting, but throw up the peace sign. The family has a long road ahead of justice.

Audience: (03:35)
Come on.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (03:46)
But just because we’re doing it peacefully, that doesn’t mean we don’t want all four of the officers locked up.

Audience: (04:30)
That’s right. Justice.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (04:30)
Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock up all four.

Audience: (04:30)
Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock them all up.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (04:30)
Those are responsible for the murder …

Audience: (04:30)
Come on now. Yes, sir?

Rev. Kevin McCall: (04:30)
Too many times, the media and the people want to talk about black-on-black crime.

Audience: (04:30)
Sing. Yes. Tell us that.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (04:36)
And saying, “Oh, it’s crime in Minnesota, Minneapolis. It’s crime in New York City. It’s crime in Chicago.”

Audience: (04:43)
Help.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (04:44)
But guess what, when you do a crime, you do the time.

Audience: (04:47)
Now you’re talking.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (04:53)
Them officers did a crime and they deserve to be locked up. And we will not rest until they get locked up.

Audience: (05:09)
In that order.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (05:10)
Once that happens, if they want peace, we’ll give them peace when you give us justice.

Audience: (05:23)
There you go. There you go. There you go. [crosstalk 00:05:23] We want justice.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (05:23)
Just like we have a left hand a right hand, we want peace on the left and justice on the right.

Audience: (05:23)
There you go.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (05:36)
Peace on the left, justice on the right. Peace on the left, justice on the right. Peace on the left, justice on the right. Peace on the left, justice on the right. Peace on the left, justice on the right.

Audience: (05:38)
Peace on the left, justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (05:39)
You are now here from this brother who traveled with us, who has to endure watching his blood brother die at the hands of a corrupt police. Let us respect him as he speaks at this time. Please, let us hear what a sound of a round of applause for our dear brother, the brother of Gregory Floyd, Terrance Floyd.

Speaker 2: (07:07)
George Floyd. It’s George Floyd.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (07:07)
Terrence Floyd is the brother of George Floyd. Let us hear from him.

Audience: (07:07)
All right, man. We here for you.

Terrence Floyd: (07:07)
First of all …

Audience: (07:07)
Take your time, brother. Social work for economic justice.

Terrence Floyd: (07:07)
First of all …

Terrence Floyd: (07:10)
Hello.

Audience: (07:15)
Hello, hello.

Terrence Floyd: (07:17)
I understand you all upset, but I can deservedly say, I dealt in y’all’s habits of society.

Audience: (07:26)
Come on, now. I can’t hear. Speak.

Terrence Floyd: (07:28)
So if I’m not over here wilding out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff …

Audience: (07:36)
Come on.

Terrence Floyd: (07:37)
… if I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are y’all doing?

Audience: (07:41)
White nationalists.

Terrence Floyd: (07:42)
What are y’all doing? Y’all doing nothing, because that’s going to bring my brother back at all.

Audience: (07:54)
It’s not us. It’s Donald Trump’s buddies. Yeah, Donald Trump’s buddies is right.

Terrence Floyd: (07:56)
It may feel good for the moment, just like when you drink, but when it come down, you going to wonder what you did.

Audience: (08:03)
That’s right. Yes, sir. So true.

Terrence Floyd: (08:10)
My family is a peaceful family. My family is god fearing.

Audience: (08:13)
Amen.

Terrence Floyd: (08:17)
Yeah, we upset, but we not going to take it, we not going to be repetitious. In every case of police brutality, the same thing has been happening.

Audience: (08:32)
Yes, sir.

Terrence Floyd: (08:32)
Y’all protest, y’all destroy stuff, and they don’t move. You know why they don’t move? Because it’s not their stuff, it’s our stuff.

Audience: (08:41)
That’s it.

Terrence Floyd: (08:42)
So they want us to destroy our stuff.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (08:52)
Come on, guy.

Terrence Floyd: (08:52)
They’re not going to move.

Audience: (08:52)
Yes, sir. It’s the truth.

Terrence Floyd: (08:52)
So let’s do this another way.

Audience: (08:52)
That’s right. Come on now, brother.

Terrence Floyd: (08:52)
Let’s do this another way.

Audience: (08:53)
Yes, let’s fix this city. They’re going to try to take it. Let’s fix this city. Speak. And get our people into office. They’re going to try to come build. Let’s fix this city.

Terrence Floyd: (09:07)
Y’all right. Let’s do this another way. Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter and vote.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (09:11)
There you go.

Audience: (09:12)
Vote.

Terrence Floyd: (09:13)
Not just vote for the president, vote for the preliminaries, vote for everybody.

Audience: (09:17)
Justice for [inaudible 00:09:17].

Terrence Floyd: (09:17)
Educate yourself.

Audience: (09:17)
Educate and agitate.

Terrence Floyd: (09:27)
Educate yourself. Don’t wait for somebody else to tell you who’s who. Educate yourself and know who you’re voting for.

Audience: (09:37)
That’s right. You’re right.

Terrence Floyd: (09:37)
And that’s how we going to hit them, because it’s a lot of us.

Audience: (09:41)
Hard.

Terrence Floyd: (09:41)
It’s a lot of us.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (09:41)
That’s right.

Audience: (09:41)
Hell yeah.

Terrence Floyd: (09:41)
It’s a lot of us.

Audience: (09:42)
There’s a lot of us.

Terrence Floyd: (09:52)
And we still going to do this peacefully, because that’s when we going to get them, because we going to fool them. They think we going to do this, they think we’re going to do something, and we’re going to switch it on them.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (10:02)
That’s right.

Audience: (10:02)
Change it up.

Terrence Floyd: (10:04)
Let’s switch it up, y’all. Let’s switch it up.

Audience: (10:08)
Yes, amen.

Terrence Floyd: (10:11)
Do this peacefully, please.

Audience: (10:14)
That’s right.

Terrence Floyd: (10:17)
My brother moved here from Houston, and I used to talk to him on the phone. He loved it here. He started driving a truck. He was good. So I highly doubt … no. I know, he would not want y’all to be doing this. And I’m not saying the people here. Whoever’s doing it, relax.

Audience: (10:42)
It ain’t us, man. It ain’t us. It ain’t us. Come on, brother. Come on, brother. It’s okay, brother. It’s okay. It’s okay. Take your time, take your time. Take your time. Come on, brother.

Terrence Floyd: (11:09)
And I like Reverend McCall said, “Peace on the left … ”

Rev. Kevin McCall: (11:15)
Justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (11:16)
Did I forgot already?

Audience: (11:17)
Peace on the left, justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (11:17)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (11:17)
Justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (11:17)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (11:17)
Justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (11:17)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (11:17)
Justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (11:28)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (11:28)
Justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (11:31)
I says that. Who says that? Peace on the left.

Audience: (11:31)
Justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (11:31)
Justice on the right.

Audience: (11:31)
Peace on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (11:54)
Right, that’s what I’m saying. That’s what I want to see. Peace on the left.

Audience: (12:04)
Justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (12:04)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (12:04)
Justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (12:04)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (12:04)
Justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (12:04)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (12:04)
Justice on the right.

Terrence Floyd: (12:04)
That’s what I’m talking about.

Audience: (12:04)
We love you, brother.

Terrence Floyd: (12:06)
On behalf of the Floyd family, thank you. Thank you for the love.

Audience: (12:11)
We love you.

Terrence Floyd: (12:11)
Thank you for the flowers. Thank you for the memorials.

Audience: (12:14)
That was my family.

Terrence Floyd: (12:15)
Thank you.

Audience: (12:15)
Don’t mention it. Thank you, brother.

Terrence Floyd: (12:17)
Now before I go, I just want to hear this again. What’s his name?

Audience: (12:30)
George Floyd.

Terrence Floyd: (12:30)
What’s his name?

Audience: (12:30)
George Floyd.

Terrence Floyd: (12:30)
What’s his name?

Audience: (12:30)
George Floyd.

Terrence Floyd: (12:30)
What’s his name?

Audience: (12:30)
George Floyd.

Terrence Floyd: (12:30)
George.

Audience: (12:30)
Floyd.

Terrence Floyd: (12:30)
George.

Audience: (12:30)
Floyd.

Terrence Floyd: (12:30)
George.

Audience: (12:30)
Floyd.

Terrence Floyd: (12:32)
George.

Audience: (12:32)
Floyd. [inaudible 00:12:33] Let’s pray for peace.

Terrence Floyd: (12:32)
I thank you.

Chris Banks: (12:45)
One down.

Audience: (12:54)
Three to go.

Chris Banks: (12:59)
One down.

Audience: (12:59)
Three to go.

Chris Banks: (12:59)
One down.

Audience: (12:59)
Three to go.

Chris Banks: (12:59)
One down.

Audience: (12:59)
Three to go.

Chris Banks: (12:59)
One down.

Audience: (12:59)
Three to go.

Chris Banks: (12:59)
One down.

Audience: (12:59)
Three to go.

Chris Banks: (12:59)
One down.

Audience: (12:59)
Three to go.

Chris Banks: (12:59)
One down.

Audience: (12:59)
Three to go.

Chris Banks: (12:59)
Minnesota, stand up. Minnesota, stand up. Minnesota, stand up.

Audience: (12:59)
Stand up. Stand up.

Chris Banks: (13:10)
Minnesota, show them.

Audience: (13:10)
Stand up.

Chris Banks: (13:10)
Minnesota, fist up for George.

Audience: (13:10)
Stand up. Everybody stand up.

Chris Banks: (13:10)
Fist up for George.

Audience: (13:10)
Stand up.

Chris Banks: (13:10)
Fist up for George.

Audience: (13:10)
Stand up. Come on, now.

Chris Banks: (13:10)
Fist up for George.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (13:10)
Peoples going to love you.

Chris Banks: (13:26)
Thank you. Thank you for blessing us with your presence, with your strength, with your courage, making yourself vulnerable. Thank you. Thank you.

Audience: (13:35)
In that order.

Chris Banks: (13:35)
But I would never forget my man coming up to this stand and his knees buckle, coming to his brother’s gravesite. To say he want peace is tremendous. It’s tremendous and it takes a lot to say those words out of his own mouth. See, all you do for him, y’all do that for George. Just got to remember, no justice, no peace.

Audience: (14:19)
Peace.

Chris Banks: (14:19)
Prosecute the police. No justice, no peace.

Audience: (14:34)
Prosecute the police. No justice, no peace. Prosecute the police. No justice, no peace. Prosecute the police. No justice, no peace. Prosecute the police. No justice, no peace. Prosecute the police. No justice, no peace. Prosecute the police.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (14:34)
Hold up, hold up. Hold it.

Terrence Floyd: (14:43)
One more thing I want from y’all in this town, everybody that’s showing love to my brother. I know this is about my brother, but I want to say something. I went to school, I knew Shawn Bell, and all these other cases that is going on you see the protesting, you see everything, but then, after a while, they out of the scene, nobody’s saying nothing.

Audience: (15:16)
There you go.

Terrence Floyd: (15:17)
This is what I’ve been saying to people on Facebook, Instagram. I’ve been saying this, Keep my brother’s name ringing.

Audience: (15:24)
There you go. That’s right.

Terrence Floyd: (15:24)
Keep my brother’s name ringing.

Audience: (15:34)
Yes, sir.

Terrence Floyd: (15:34)
Keep my brother’s name ringing.

Audience: (15:35)
Yes, sir.

Terrence Floyd: (15:35)
Keep my brother’s name ringing.

Audience: (15:35)
Yes, sir.

Terrence Floyd: (15:35)
Keep my brother’s name ringing.

Audience: (15:35)
Yes, sir.

Terrence Floyd: (15:35)
Keep my brother’s name ringing.

Audience: (15:35)
Yes, sir.

Terrence Floyd: (15:35)
Keep my brother’s name ringing.

Audience: (15:35)
Yes, sir.

Terrence Floyd: (15:35)
What’s his name?

Audience: (15:35)
George Floyd.

Terrence Floyd: (15:36)
One, two, three.

Audience: (15:41)
George Floyd.

Terrence Floyd: (15:41)
Thank you.

Audience: (15:58)
Love you, bro.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (15:58)
When you talk about Shawn Bell, when you talk about Eric Gardner, we have with us the lawyer who has been on the front lines across this country dealing with this. Let us welcome attorney Sanford Rubenstein. Let’s talk, let’s talk, let’s talk.

Sanford Rubenstein: (16:22)
My message to the American public, the only way these families are going to stop grieving because their loved ones have been lost, the only way we’re going to stop the violence …

Audience: (16:34)
Louder. Louder.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (16:36)
Just put this up. No, just talk. You got to talk into it.

Sanford Rubenstein: (16:38)
I don’t need this. The only way we’re going to stop the violence by police that creates the suffering in these families when they lose a loved one to death at the hands of the police, is to put them in jail.

Audience: (16:50)
That’s it. That’s right.

Sanford Rubenstein: (16:51)
Not just the police officer who was the primary responsible one, but all of them who were involved in his death.

Audience: (17:00)
Lock them up.

Sanford Rubenstein: (17:00)
But just as important is to stop the assaults by police officers against innocents.

Audience: (17:05)
Come on, brother. Yes, sir. I’m tired of it.

Sanford Rubenstein: (17:06)
The assaults which go without punishment, the assaults on innocent people which go without jail. Only then will we see this terrible scourge of police brutality in this country end. No justice?

Audience: (17:23)
No peace.

Sanford Rubenstein: (17:24)
No justice?

Audience: (17:24)
No peace.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (17:24)
All right, we’re going to walk.

Audience: (17:24)
Prosecute the police.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (17:26)
All right, we’re walking to the other memorial. We ask that you make a way for him, for us, to be able to walk to the other memorial that’s right here.

Audience: (17:35)
Thank you for coming.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (17:38)
And let us say, peace on the left, justice on the right. Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:03)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:05)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:05)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.

Rev. Kevin McCall: (18:06)
Peace on the left.

Audience: (18:06)
Justice on the right.