Following the conviction of the the officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck until he took his last breath, George Floyd’s family is feeling joy, relief and gratitude but they also understand the impact of this moment is greater than them … and say it’s a reminder to keep fighting for justice.
George’s brother, Philonise Floyd was in the courtroom Tuesday when the ex-cop, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of 2nd-degree murder, 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter … and says he had faith a guilty verdict would come through.
Philonise says he feels relieved today, but reminded everyone this has been a long journey that didn’t start with the video of his brother’s murder, but way back with the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till.
He adds that this sort of injustice continues with the killing of Daunte Wright as a recent example — and it’s a reminder to keep fighting — but says at least for today, “We can breathe again.”
George’s other brothers, Terrence and Rodney, also spoke … with Terrence calling the verdict a “monumental” moment in history. Terrence and Rodney both called it a victory for humanity and thanked all of the protesters and advocates who fought and marched for justice.
Recall that George Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, when Minneapolis police officers attempted to arrest him for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill — and Chauvin pressed his knee on George’s neck for more than 9 minutes, and George pled for his mother.
Chauvin was arrested and charged with killing George less than a week later … and the video of the fatal incident sparked nationwide protests and riots.
Chauvin’s sentencing will happen in 8 weeks, with the maximum penalty for 2nd-degree unintentional murder being 40 years in prison. Chauvin’s bail has already been revoked and he’s been remanded into custody.
Floyd’s family previously got another measure of justice last month, when the City of Minneapolis settled a wrongful death lawsuit, agreeing to a $27 million settlement with the fam.
Also, The teenager who recorded the video of George Floyd being murdered by Derek Chauvin has reacted to the guilty verdict that just came down and she’s so elated.
17yr old Darnella Frazier reacted to the news of Chauvin who was found guilty on all 3 counts, and now faces a max sentence of 40 years.
She says, “I just cried so hardThis last hour my heart was beating so fast, I was so anxious, anxiety bussing through the roof. But to know GUILTY ON ALL 3 CHARGES !!!”
Watch the video of when Derek was handcuffed after being convicted, below;