George Floyd’s family was overwhelmed with emotion after hearing Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict on Tuesday.
“I’m relieved today that I finally have a chance … hopefully to get some sleep,” said Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd during a press conference Tuesday, reports Fox News. His words came after a 12-person jury found ex-officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges: second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
Philonise Floyd shared how much he “prayed” and maintained his “belief” that his brother’s death would be “condemned” after “a long journey” last year. “Today you have cameras all over the world to see and show what happened to my brother,” he said. “I could only watch, especially in this courtroom, over and over again as my brother was murdered.”
Floyd’s other brother Rodney Floyd said his late brother “smiled” at all the solidarity that resulted from his untimely death. “These are all held together – pinned – together in unity,” he said before praising Floyd’s daughter Gianna Floyd, who previously took pride in how her father helped “change the world.”
Other members of Floyd’s family who did not attend the trial filmed their reactions to Chauvin’s guilty verdict, ABC News 7 reports.
George Floyd’s older brother, sister, and several family members watched the judgment read together. That’s how they reacted.
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President Biden spoke to Floyd’s family before addressing the White House ruling with Vice President Kamala Harris, AP News reports. Speaking to the Floyd family, Biden shared how “relieved” the White House was at the guilty verdict and told Gianna Floyd that “Daddy changed the world.” The president called Chauvin’s belief “a big step forward” but admitted that “it is not enough”.
“We can’t stop there,” he said before speaking of the changes that need to take place in “people’s hearts and minds, laws and policies.” President Biden continued. “I can not breath.” Those were George Floyd’s last words. We can’t let these words die with him, ”he said. “We have to hear these words over and over again. We must not turn away. We cannot turn away. “
Kamala Harris cited racism as the reason America fails to deliver on its promise of “freedom and justice for all”. Harris called the judgment “a measure of justice” that is still “not synonymous with equal justice,” and recognized the work that still needs to be done.
“It’s not just a Black America problem or a color problem for people. It’s a problem for every American, ”said Harris. “It keeps our nation from reaching our full potential.”