George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter Gianna has been told her ‘daddy changed the world’ but still does not know he was killed by cops.
The six-year-old and her mother Roxie Washington appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday morning where Gianna, bright-eyed and smiling, said she misses playing with her father.
She said she wants to grow up to become a doctor and wants to ‘take care of people.’
‘I miss him… he played with me,’ Gianna said.
Roxie, who took part in a press conference with her daughter on Tuesday night, said George ‘loved’ his daughter, one of his two children.
Gianna Floyd, on her uncle’s shoulders, on Tuesday in Minneapolis, saying: ‘Daddy changed the world’
Gianan Floyd, six, appears on Good Morning America on Wednesday. She said she misses playing with her father who died last Monday after having his neck knelt on by a cop for eight minutes
She also said she has only seen some parts of the infamous video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, and that she wishes she’d been there to help him.
‘I couldn’t believe somebody was doing him like that I wish somebody would have been there to help him,’ she said.
George Floyd was killed on Monday by a cop who knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds
Roxie also revealed Gianna does not know the full story behind her father’s death.
‘I told her her dad died because he couldn’t breathe,’ she said.
In another video which emerged on social media on Tuesday, Gianna is seen on her uncle’s shoulders watching peaceful protests in Minneapolis and saying: ‘Daddy changed the world!’
The family turned out to join peaceful protests in Minneapolis on Tuesday as others took place around the country in Floyd’s name.
They urged people to protest peacefully against police brutality and rebuked violent looters and rioters giving the cause a bad name.
Unrest has unfolded across America since Floyd’s death last Monday.
There are mounting calls for the three other officers who witnessed his death but did nothing to prevent it to face murder charges.
Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
At a press conference on Tuesday night, Roxie said: ‘I don’t have a lot to say, I can’t get the words together right now.
‘I want everyone to know that this is what those officers took from me,’ she said, referencing the small girl standing next to her.
‘At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father.
George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter Gianna and her mother Roxie Washington shared their anguish over his brutal and sudden death at a press conference on Tuesday in Minneapolis
George Floyd’s brother Terrence called for an end to the violence as he delivered emotional speech on the spot where his sibling was ‘murdered’ by white cop Derek Chauvin a week ago. Terrence is pictured at the scene, center
Terrence broke down at the spot where his brother was taken into custody, telling the crowds: ‘I understand you are all are upset. But I doubt you are half as upset as I am’
It is unclear when Floyd and Washington parted ways but he moved from Houston, where she still lives with Gianna, to Minneapolis in 2018 to find work as a truck driver. He has one other daughter from a different relationship but that neither that child nor her mother has been identified
Floyd and Gianna when she was a baby. Roxie says he was a good father to her and his other child
‘He will never see her grow up, graduate, he will never walk her down the aisle. If there’s a problem and she needs her dad, she does not have that anymore.
‘I’m here for my baby and I’m here for George because I want justice for him.
‘He was good, no matter what anybody thinks, he was good. This is the proof.’
Washington recalled how excited Floyd was when his daughter was born, saying: ‘He was so happy to have her.’
‘He slept the whole time I was in labor, but when he heard her cry, he woke up,’ she said.
‘I still have a picture of him waking up and getting his baby. He loved her. He loved her so much.’
Thousands of peaceful protests have taken place across America in Floyd’s name since last week. Pictured, protesters in L.A. on June 2
The civil unrest has also given way to looting and violence. Pictured, people climb cars in New York City on June 2
As Washington and Gianna stepped back from the microphone, Floyd’s longtime friend Stephen Jackson approached and placed his hands on the podium.
The former NBA player stared at the floor for several seconds in silence before saying: ‘It really don’t make no sense. We all seen it plain as day.
He then motioned toward the media and said: ‘Y’all in here with cameras to record what’s in here so you can have it for later. So you can have proof of what happened today. Right?
‘When you post that footage on your news station, you expect people to believe what you’re posting and what you videoed is real, right?
‘Why is it not that simple when someone is getting videoed and getting murdered? Why is it not that simple?’
Stores in New York City have boarded up their windows in anticipation of more looting