Floyd’s murder sparked a national race calculation and sparked continued calls for police reform.
At a press conference after Chauvin’s conviction, several of Floyd’s family celebrated the verdict – expressing relief at the outcome – and echoed calls for police reform “to ensure that ‘no other family has to suffer for what we have suffered’.
“I get calls. I receive DMs, people from Brazil, Ghana, Germany. Everybody. London, Italy, they all say the same thing. “We won’t be able to breathe until you can breathe. Today we can breathe again, ”said Philonise Floyd.
Terrence Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, called the outcome of the trial “monumental”, adding that he was grateful to his family “for seeing this story happen.”
“I’ll miss him, but now I know he’s in the story. What a day to be a Floyd, man, ”Terrence Floyd said.
But the family also stressed that Tuesday’s verdict did not mean the struggle for reform was over. Several family members have called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and said they will continue to fight for justice for victims of police violence.
“We need every officer to be held accountable. Until then, it’s still scary to be a black man or woman in America meeting the police, ”said Brandon Williams, George Floyd’s nephew. “So when I say today is a pivotal moment, it’s time for America to turn the corner in the right direction and right a lot of wrongs so that we don’t keep adding to these names.”
Following the press conference, Philonise Floyd told CNN that although people celebrate Tuesday, it will be “back to business” on Wednesday.
“We all need justice. We are all fighting for one reason and that is justice for all. And I think today has been a time for people to celebrate, but tomorrow is back to business because we have to stay one step ahead of everything, ”he said.
President Joe Biden, who said earlier Tuesday that he was “praying” for a guilty verdict in the trial, spoke to the Floyd family by phone after Chauvin’s conviction, telling them he wished he was there “To put my arms around you”.
“Nothing is going to make it better, but at least now there’s a little bit of justice,” Biden told the family.
Chauvin will be sentenced to eight weeks and face up to 40 years in prison.