George Floyd's nephew called the guilty verdict a "pivotal moment for America."
Speaking in Minneapolis following the announcement of the jury's decision, Brandon Williams declared the trial's verdict long overdue, and in the process outwardly hoped for systemic change.
"It's something this country has needed for a long time now. Hopefully today is the start of that," said Williams, a man whom attorney Ben Crump said was "like a son" to Floyd.
"We need change in this broken system. It was built to oppress us. It was built against us," Williams said of American policing. "Oftentimes we see people who are supposed to protect and serve... they do the total opposite."
Williams called himself optimistic ahead of the verdict, noting that historically even strong evidence doesn't always guarantee a just result.
"All of the evidence, all of the witnesses, everything proved exactly what we saw in that video," he said, adding that, "oftentimes this system fails us as Black men and women in America."
Williams admitted that returning each day during the trial was emotionally challenging, as "this is the exact place where they took somebody from me that I love."
However, he said, coming back on Wednesday offered some degree of closure and relief.
"This time it was easy. We came for one thing and one thing only. That was justice for George Floyd. And today that's what we got," Williams said.
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