The brother of George Floyd, the victim of murder by a former Minneapolis police officer, on Sunday endorsed Councilman Antonio Reynoso for Brooklyn borough president.
The Democrat will make strides in bringing much-needed reform to police practices in New York, said Terrence Floyd, a local resident, endorsing Reynoso with four others who lost family at the hands of police.
In his Council stint, Reynoso has emerged as a vocal critic of NYPD practices. He helped lead opposition to stop-and-frisk and was one of a handful of lawmakers to vote against the controversial 2021 budget, agreeing with activists that it didn’t go far enough to defund the police.
After George Floyd died in May 2020 at the hands of former officer Derek Chauvin, “my family then had to endure the grueling process of waiting to see if justice would be delivered in the name of the man we lost, a process that too many other families have also had to endure,” his brother said in a statement provided by Reynoso’s campaign.
“I support Antonio Reynoso because I believe that he will use the office of the borough president to fight for reforms that will transform our broken systems of policing and justice,” he said.
Reynoso said he was committed to ending “the overpolicing of our communities” both as a candidate for Brooklyn borough president and “more importantly, as an Afro-Latino man who has experienced discriminatory treatment by the NYPD.”
“I have heard the cries of New Yorkers and Americans whose loved ones have been killed by the police — they are sick and tired of hollow promises for how we are going to get members of our police force to stop killing citizens,” Reynoso said.
Joining Floyd were family members of Anthony Baez, Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham and Delrawn Small — all men of color killed at the hands of NYPD officers.
“I’m backing Antonio Reynoso because he knows our pain, he has stood by the families, and he has been a consistent fighter for real police reform, accountability and justice,” said Small’s sister Victoria Davis.
Reynoso leaves the Council at the end of the year due to term limits.
Other candidates in the June 22 Democratic primary for Brooklyn borough president include Councilman Robert Cornegy and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon.
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