George Floyd’s brother thanked the Las Vegas Raiders for their support, as owner Mark Davis issued a statement on Twitter that followed the sentence of a police officer who killed Floyd.
Filoniz Floyd released a statement through the family’s lawyer on Wednesday, a day after the tweet sent on the team’s official account said, “I can do 4-20-21.”
George Floyd told officers that “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times he was killed when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck last May. Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter on Tuesday due to Fluid’s death.
“On behalf of our family, I would like to lead this with my deepest gratitude to the Las Vegas Raiders organization and for the support of my family and our nation’s quest for justice and equality for all of us and everyone.” “Now, more than ever, we should come together as one and move forward in this fight. For the first time in almost a year, our family has taken a breather. And I know that a lot of people go around the country and the world. Let us take this breath in honor of our elder brother who could not. Let’s do it for George. “
The attackers’ tweet triggered a backlash on Twitter. The phrase “I can breathe” was used by supporters of police in New York after the death of Eric Garner in 2014. Davis said he would not have used that phrase if he knew the history, but chose not to delete the tweet.
“It’s a difficult situation,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday night. “I think it was taken poorly, it was not done. It can only be my fault for not explaining it.”
Davis said he was driving when the verdict was delivered, and Floyd’s brother, Filonis, was heard saying “we can all breathe again” and decided to make the team’s response to that message.
“I felt like a lot has been said,” Davis said. “It said a lot about everything. I felt that this is something where we can all breathe again. Justice was given. There is still much work to be done on social justice and police brutality. But today, justice was served. “
The tweet was widely condemned in a Twitter reply but was pinned at the top of the team’s Twitter account as of Wednesday morning.
“It was taken negatively by 99% of the people,” Davis said. “It happens. It’s part of social media.”