Floyd, 46, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when a police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
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Philonese Floyd on Wednesday testified before the House Judiciary Committee, asking that something be done to ensure his brother is “more than another face on a T-shirt. More than another name on a list that won’t stop growing.”
“I’m here today to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain,” he said in the hearing room.
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Protesters and activists around the country have fervently called on elected officials to downsize or abolish police departments. Often, calls to defund police departments aim to cut spending on large law enforcement agencies to reallocate the funds toward mental health, housing and education programs.
In Minneapolis, a majority of city council members said on Sunday that they support disbanding their police department — an action that would potentially allow room to move nearly $200 million in city funds.
Locally, supporters have said defunding police departments will help address systemic problems with policing in America, such as racial profiling.
In Athens-Clarke County, Commissioner Mariah Parker is proposing a policy that would cut the police force in half over 10 years and replace officers with unarmed mental health and social work first responders.
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