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George Floyd's Family Reacts To Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict

George Floyd's Family Reacts To Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict

"No family in history ever got this far. This right here is for everyone that's been in this situation."

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

George Floyd's family have been overwhelmed with emotion after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering the 46-year-old.

A jury found the former police officer guilty on all three counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd's brother, Rodney, expressed how excited he was at the outcome and believes it is a huge moment for America.

"No family in history ever got this far. We were able to get a guilty charge on all counts...This right here is for everyone that's been in this situation," he told NBC.

During a press conference outside the courtroom, Floyd's other brother Terrence added: "He showed me how to be respectful, he showed me how to speak my mind.

"I'm going to miss him - but now I know he's in history. What a day to be a Floyd, man."

Cameras also captured the moment the rest of Floyd's family heard the three guilty verdicts, which were read out by Judge Peter A. Cahill at Hennepin County Courthouse.

Floyd's girlfriend at the time of his death also reacted with joy, saying it was good to see accountability being served.

Courteney Ross told NBC: "I'm just extremely thankfully that Floyd's voice is going to bring change now. I knew the verdict was going to be guilty. I knew it.

"The truth is here, and now justice is here. It's time, it's time that everybody gets held accountable."

George Floyd's family lawyer, Ben Crump added: "Let's pause for a moment to proclaim this historical moment, not just for the legacy of George Floyd, but for the legacy of America.

"The legacy of trying to make America for all Americans."

President Joe Biden called the family straight after Chauvin was ordered to remain behind bars until his sentencing hearing in eight weeks.

He told the Floyd family over the phone: "You're an incredible family. I wish I was there to put my arms around you.

I'm standing here, I'm sitting and we've been talking and watching every second of this, me and the vice president. Just, we're all so relieved.

"Not just guilty on one but on all three counts. 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."

Featured Image Credit: ABC News

Topics: News, George Floyd, US News