Mother of George Floyd's Daughter Explains How She Told 6-Year-Old About Father's Death

The mother of George Floyd's daughter said in an interview Wednesday how she told her six-year-old daughter about her father's death.

"She was standing by the door and she said, 'Mama, something's going on with my family,' and I said, 'Why do you say that?' She said, 'Because I hear them say my daddy's name on TV,'" Roxie Williams, mother of Floyd's daughter, Gianna Floyd, said in a taped interview on CNN's New Day. "She wanted to know how he died and the only thing that I could tell her is he couldn't breathe."

Gianna Floyd, who wants to be a doctor when she grows up, said in an interview on Good Morning America that she missed her father and that he played with her.

George Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis after being arrested by police officers responding to a 911 call about a counterfeit $20 bill. Police officer Derek Chauvin was captured on video kneeling on Floyd's neck while he was handcuffed and lying face down on the ground. Official documents state that Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, even while video recordings show Floyd saying he could not breathe, eventually becoming unresponsive.

A fire department report states that they could not detect a pulse on Floyd before he was loaded into an ambulance that took him to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter four days later. He and three other officers involved in Floyd's arrest were fired by the Minneapolis Police Department on May 26.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner listed the manner of Floyd's death as a homicide, stating the death was caused by "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression." This means that the stress Chauvin put on Floyd's body strained his heart's ability to pump blood, which led to his death. The medical examiner found "other significant conditions," including "arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease; fentanyl intoxication; [and] recent methamphetamine use."

Floyd's friend and former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who was present at the CNN interview along with Williams and Williams' attorney L. Chis Stewart, said that they want convictions over Floyd's death.

"We want convictions. That's what we're talking about. We have to get convictions. These tears are from real pain and the only way that they are going to stop is these convictions," Jackson said.

Stewart said that police officers should "fear going to jail" instead of merely being fired and moving to another police force in a different county after hurting someone.

"It's just accountability. A cop hurts somebody, he gets arrested – not just fired. They should also fear going to jail instead of being able to just transfer to another county because that's what happens. They get fired from one they go work in another," Stewart said.

Newsweek reached out to the attorney representing Williams for further comments, but they did not respond back in time for publication.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 2: The mother of George Floyd's daughter attends a press conference on June 2, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Stephen Maturen/Getty