A video of George Floyd encouraging a “lost” younger generation to end gun violence has emerged online in the days after his death.
“You youngsters are just going around, busting guns in crowds. Kids are getting killed,” Floyd said to the camera. “It’s clearly the generation after us, man, that’s so lost.”
In the resurfaced video, Floyd also said he was shocked when he heard another adult condone gun violence. He added that half the young people using guns “go home and their knees shaking at night, but they don’t show it to nobody because they aren’t tough then.”
Before ending the video by asking young people to “come on home,” he tells them, “One day it’s going to be you and God. You’re going up or you’re going down.”
Floyd’s death went viral earlier this week after he died in police custody on Monday. A widely circulated bystander video shows former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin placing his knee on Floyd’s neck as he repeatedly says he cannot breathe.
The officers were arresting Floyd on suspicion of forgery after he allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill at the Cup Foods deli in Minneapolis. Police said Floyd resisted arrest, a claim that has been disputed by new security footage.
The original video shows a handcuffed Floyd pinned to the ground, begging for help as Chauvin keeps his knee on his neck until he loses consciousness.
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SOURCE: Newsweek, Katherine Fung