On the third anniversary of George Floyd’s tragic death, his sister has made the decision to forgive the man responsible for his murder, despite his lack of remorse.
LaTonya Floyd acknowledged that what Derek Chauvin did was not acceptable, but she hopes that he will find the strength to use his actions positively in the future, assisting others rather than causing harm.
“I’m not saying that it’s okay what he did – it’s not,” LaTonya Floyd told PEOPLE.
“But I pray that the next time he kneels down, it’s to help someone up, instead of holding them down. I hope he finds peace within himself. I pray for him. I do.”
Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in relation to George Floyd‘s death.
He received a prison sentence of 22 and a half years and also pleaded guilty to a separate federal charge of violating Floyd’s civil rights.
Feelings towards Chauvin
LaTonya Floyd reveals that she has spent years grappling with anger towards Chauvin, who, prior to his 2021 sentencing, offered his condolences to the Floyd family but never directly apologized.
“He has never apologized,” LaTonya added. “He’s not one time never ever, ever apologized to us.”
“I don’t like hate, that’s not what I’m about. I’m gonna just tell you as well as the rest of the world that I found it in my heart.
“I made peace with myself to forgive him because if our higher power didn’t forgive us, we would be nothing.
“I’m not saying it’s okay, what he did. But for me to go forth and make peace with myself and my life, I have to do that.”