George Floyd’s brothers shared their pain and grief with the world for nearly a year. On Tuesday, they finally felt some relief.
“Today, we are able to breathe again,” Philonise Floyd told reporters.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes last year, was found guilty in Floyd’s murder on Tuesday. After the jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days, the verdict was welcomed with waves of celebration in Minneapolis and across the country.
Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, led to what some describe as the largest protest movement in US history, and forced America to reckon with racial injustice and police accountability. All while his family joined a long list of relatives of Black men killed at the hands of police who have turned their pain into calls for accountability.
“We have to always understand that we have to march. We will have to do this for life,” Philonise Floyd said. “We have to protest because it seems like this is a never-ending cycle”
“I’m not just fighting for George anymore,” he added. “I’m fighting for everyone around the world.”
About a dozen of Floyd’s relatives, including his siblings, cousins and daughter Gianna gathered at a hotel a few blocks away from the Hennepin County Courthouse. Together, they prayed guided by the Rev. Al Sharpton and chanted Floyd’s name.