George Floyd‘s aunt, Angela Harrelson, knows his murder ignited a worldwide wave of activism, and she wants to make sure it continues … as the federal trial continues for 3 ex-cops involved in his fatal arrest.
Angela joined us Wednesday on “TMZ Live,” but on Tuesday she’d been in court to see ex-officer Tou Thao testify. He and fellow ex-cops J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are accused of violating George’s civil rights during the arrest.
She called it a triggering day — having to see the gut-wrenching video again, as well as listening to Thao’s testimony.
Unlike Derek Chauvin, Thao, Lane and Kueng did not have their knees on George’s neck … but Angela told us why she feels they still bear responsibility for his death.
Angela, who was extremely close to George, has also written a memoir, “Lift Your Voice: How My Nephew George Floyd’s Murder Changed the World.” As she explained, writing it was cathartic — but it also gave her a chance to be a voice for George.
She says she’s urging others to keep using their voices as they did during months of marches for equality and justice after George’s murder. Angela’s point is … when you see something that isn’t fair speak up, because every person can make a difference.
Angela’s book is available now, and she tells us she’ll be back in court Thursday — with other family members — fighting for George’s legacy.