"We Need Change in This Broken System": George Floyd's Family Speaks on Derek Chauvin Verdict

Following an emotionally draining three-week trial, a Minnesota jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges in the murder of George Floyd. On April 20, immediately following the verdict, over a dozen of Floyd’s family members gathered in Minneapolis, MN for a press conference moderated by Attorney Ben Crump to share their reactions to the pivotal decision. Among those in attendance were George’s brothers Philonise Floyd, Terrence Floyd, and Rodney Floyd, his nephew Brandon Williams, his daughter Gianna Floyd and her mother Roxie Washington, and several other family members.

“History is here. This is monumental,” Terrence Floyd said after thanking those around the world who have supported the family with their love and prayers. “My family is a family that will not back down from prayer, and I believe because of prayer, we got the verdict we wanted . . . Every day of my life I will salute [George]. He showed me how to be strong, how to be respectful, how to speak my mind. I’m gonna miss him but now I know he’s in history. What a day to be a Floyd.”

While this may have been the outcome George’s family was hoping for, it is only a brief moment of relief and respite from the ongoing fight for all those who have and continue to have their lives taken from them as a result of police brutality. “People forgot about [Emmett Till] but he was the first George Floyd,” said Philonise Floyd. “Today, you have the cameras all around the world to see and show what happened to my brother. It was a motion picture, the world seeing his life being extinguished and I could do nothing but watch, especially in that courtroom over and over and over again as my brother was murdered.” He went on to say that Derek Chauvin’s conviction should not be seen as justice, but as progress and motivate people to continue pushing for police reform in cases like that of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot by a police officer on April 11. “We have to always understand that we have to march,” he said. “We will have to do this for life. We have to protest because it seems like this is a never ending cycle . . . Justice for George means freedom for all.”

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