Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, says he had faith in conviction
“A lot of days that I prayed, and I hoped, and I was speaking everything into existence: I said, I have faith that he will be convicted,” Philonise Floyd said.
Floyd also referenced the killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man killed in Minneapolis suburb Brooklyn Center by a police officer earlier this month. “He should still be here,” Floyd said of Wright.
‘Guilty!’: Chauvin’s trial brings relief, hope for future justice
Civil rights organizations, celebrities and many others shared a collective exhale on Tuesday after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.
Americans across the country took to social media as they awaited the verdict in Chauvin’s trial and expressed relief following the announcement that the former officer was found guilty on charges of both murder and manslaughter.
Ben Crump, the civil rights attorney who represented Floyd’s family, called the verdict “painfully earned justice.”
“This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement,” Crump tweeted. “Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!”
GUILTY! Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd’s family. This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement. Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump)
Many, however, were reluctant to call the jury’s decision justice. Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., instead remarked that justice is a “continuum.”
“Oh, that George Floyd were still alive,” King tweeted. “But I’m thankful for accountability. The work continues.”
Actress Kerry Washington echoed the sentiment in her own tweet, reminding her followers that the fight is not over.
“We have a lot of work to do. There is more fight ahead of us,” Washington tweeted. “But RIGHT NOW please take CARE of yourself. And let’s take care of each other.”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said a jury convicting former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin of murder in George Floyd’s death marks one “important step in our pursuit of racial justice in Minneapolis” as part of a “much longer journey.”
“Ours is a deeply imperfect city — one with its work cut out for it — but as a people we have never been so completely committed to doing that work. Minneapolis is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in policy under state law. We’re building up new and inclusive community safety systems and piloting new alternative response programming without tearing down Chief Arradondo’s work. We are a city capable of extraordinary progress.”
The video of the phone call was tweeted by Floyd family attorney Ben Crump.
Biden, on speakerphone, said he was pleased to see the jury find Chauvin guilty on all counts he faced and pledged that Floyd’s memory is going to lead to change.
“Not just guilty on one but on all three counts,” he continued, adding, “I’m anxious to see you guys. I really am. We’re going to get a lot more done. We’re going to do a lot.”
Harris said the administration will “make something good out of this tragedy.”
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