Following Derek Chauvin’s conviction, George Floyd’s family says, “We can breathe again.”


George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd speaks at a press conference after the verdict was read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin-AP

George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd speaks at a press conference after the verdict was read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin-AP

George Floyd’s family explained Former police officer Derek Chauvin convicted As a “critical moment” in history, he promised to continue fighting for the victims of police atrocities.

Following the decision, George’s younger brother Philonis wept, lamenting the “endless cycle” of police violence affecting black Americans.

“We have to keep protesting,” he said. “I’m fighting for everyone, not just for George anymore.”

“I received messages from all over the world, including Brazil, Ghana and London, saying the same thing. I can’t breathe until I can breathe. I can breathe again today. George’s justice is for everyone. Means freedom. “

He talked about how difficult it is to confirm the evidence in Chauvin’s three-week trial, where Mr. Floyd knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes before his death.

“I saw my brother executed in the court every day, every day,” Philonis said. “You have cameras all over the world and you’re showing my brother what happened. It was a movie. The world sees his life disappear and I have to see “.

He said he couldn’t sleep during the trial, but hoped the decision would bring him peace.

Ben Crump, a Floyd lawyer, welcomed the verdict as a milestone victory in civil rights and as a stepping stone to legislation to reform police in dealing with minorities.

Philonise Floyd said he hoped this decision would bring him peace. -Reuters

Philonise Floyd said he hoped this decision would bring him peace. -Reuters

“This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message about the need for law enforcement accountability,” Crump said. “Black American justice is justice throughout America.”

President Joe Biden told his family on Tuesday: He was offered “relieved” justice And “the world will change now”.

He referred to Floyd’s daughter, Janna, commenting that her late father was trying to change the world. “He’s going to start changing that now,” Biden said.

He then told his family:’You are a wonderful family.I wish I were there – just [to] Put my arm around you. “

“There is nothing to improve everything, but at least for now there is some justice,” he told his family, hoping that the verdict would give momentum to the parliamentary police reform efforts he was promoting. Said.