George Floyd’s brother challenged Congress on June 10 to “stop the pain” as lawmakers consider a sweeping law enforcement overhaul, so the man he looked up to won’t become just “another name” on a growing list of Black Americans killed during interactions with police.

Philonise Floyd’s appearance before a House Judiciary Committee hearing came a day after funeral services  for his older brother, whose death has become a worldwide symbol in demonstrations calling for changes to police practices and an end to racial prejudice. House Democrats were reviewing the Justice in Policing Act, a package of proposals on policing and racial inequality.

“I’m here today to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain,” Philonise Floyd told the silenced hearing room.

Choking back tears, he said he wants to make sure that his brother, whom he called “Perry,” is “more than another face on a T-shirt, more than another name on a list that won’t stop growing.”

Philonise Floyd’s testimony captivated the room as he recounted what he saw in the widely viewed video as a police officer pressed a knee into George Floyd’s neck while other police stood by.

“He called all of the officers ‘sir,’” said Philonise Floyd. “He still called them ‘sir’ as he begged for his life.”

Within the wrenching testimony were many of the core issues being debated as part of a police overhaul. Those include questions about whether it’s appropriate to have police officers respond to minor offenses — Floyd was accused of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a neighborhood market — and the use of force to detain suspects.

“I am asking you, is that what a Black man’s life is worth? Twenty dollars?” Philonise Floyd asked.

Asked if he could think of any reason for the incident, Floyd said his brother and Chauvin both worked at the same place. “I think it was personal,” Philonise Floyd testified.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said investigators are looking into a CBS News report that the men “bumped heads” working at the El Nuevo Rodeo nightclub in Minneapolis.

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