George Floyd’s three brothers responded with relief to the conviction of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of their brother.
Moments after Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter, Rodney Floyd revealed he was “feeling tears of joy” during a brief appearance on MSNBC “Deadline: White House”.
“So moving that no family in history has ever come this far,” he told Nicolle Wallace. “You know, to get a guilty charge on all counts, we had the chance to go to trial and he took it all off. So this right here is for everyone who’s been in this situation, everyone. Everybody.”
In a subsequent press conference, Philonise Floyd said: “Today we can breathe again”. “I feel relieved,” he says. “Many days I prayed and hoped and talked about everything. I said, ‘I trust he will be doomed.’ “
“You have cameras all over the world to see and show what happened to my brother,” he added. “It was a movie, the world seeing its life dying out. And there was nothing I could do but watch, especially in this courtroom.
Terrence Floyd, at the same bailiff, said he was “grateful that my grandmother, my mother, my aunts were able to see this story happen.”
“Every day of my life I will greet him,” he said of his brother. “I’ll miss him, but now I know he’s in the story.”
Later appearing on “CNN Tonight” with Don Lemon, Philonise Floyd recalled the emotion of having heard the verdict.
“Everything I heard was guilty, guilty and guilty,” he said. “I was extremely excited, words cannot describe because African Americans, we don’t get justice. We just think it’s just us.
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