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‘Gianna does not have a father’ | Mother of George Floyd’s daughter asks for justice 

Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, made her first public comments Tuesday since Floyd died while in police custody more than a week ago. 

Washington spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon, alongside her 6-year-old Gianna and their Atlanta-based attorneys at a virtual news conference in Minneapolis. 

Choking back tears, Washington shared her concerns for her daughter, who she shared was the apple of Floyd’s eye.

“At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families,” Washington said Tuesday afternoon, referring to the officers who arrested Floyd last week. “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 daddy, she does not have that anymore.”

On Monday, L. Chris Stewart of Atlanta-based Stewart Trial Attorneys and law partner Justin Miller announced they were being retained by the family in its criminal complaint against Floyd’s Memorial Day death in police custody.

On Tuesday, Stewart said he and Miller flew to Minneapolis with Floyd’s family for the press conference to ensure the world could see the human side.

“What we really wanted the world to see is the beauty of their child,” Stewart said, as Gianna stood nearby wearing braids and a white, frilly top. “The beauty of Roxie, who is holding up strong throughout this...This affects people’s actual lives and their future.”

Stewart has handled numerous high-profile civil rights cases including the death of Walter Scott, the South Carolina man who was shot and killed by North Charleston police Officer Michael Slager.

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Scott’s shooting was captured on video and contradicted the officer’s account. Slager was eventually sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. The city of North Charleston settled with Scott’s family for $6.5 million. 

Stewart also represented the family of Gregory Towns, a Georgia man who was tased to death in 2014 by East Point police Officers Marcus Eberhart and Howard Weems. Eberhart was convicted of murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Weems was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. 

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Most recently, Stewart was hired to serve as local counsel for Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the Brunswick man who was shot and killed after reportedly being stopped by Greg and Travis McMichael as he jogged through their neighborhood.

The McMichaels and William “Roddie” Bryan were charged last month in connection with Arbery’s killing. 

Tens of thousands of people nationwide have protested in numerous cities over Floyd’s death, with many of those rallies turning violent and resulting in hundreds of arrests. On Tuesday, a peaceful march was held in Floyd’s hometown of Houston, which attracted thousands to the city’s center.

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