KEY POINTS

  • George Floyd's family was relieved and grateful after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder Tuesday
  • A Minneapolis jury found Chauvin guilty of three charges, including second-degree murder
  • George's brother, Philonise, vowed to continue fighting for those who have been unjustly killed by law enforcement

George Floyd's family members have shared their thoughts after a jury decided unanimously Tuesday that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was guilty of murder.

Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, spoke at a news conference after a Minneapolis jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges, including second-degree murder, saying they were relieved and grateful for the verdict.

"Today we are able to breathe again," Philonise was quoted by People as saying, referencing George's repeated cries of "I can't breathe" as Chauvin kneeled on his neck for about nine minutes while George was on the ground with his hands cuffed behind him in May 2020.

Philonise also mentioned Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1995.

"He was the first George Floyd, but today you have the cameras all around the world to see and show what happened to my brother," he continued. "The world seen his life being extinguished, and I could do nothing but watch ... especially in that courtroom over and over and over again as my brother was murdered."

He went on to say that times "are getting harder every day," noting the shooting that occurred recently in a Minneapolis suburb while Chauvin's trial was ongoing. Daunte Wright,  20, also Black, was fatally shot at a traffic stop by an officer, who has now been charged with manslaughter.

"Ten miles away from here, Mr. Wright, Daunte Wright, he should still be here. We always have to understand we have to march, we have to do this for life, we have to protest. It seems like this is a never-ending cycle," Philonise added.

Philonise vowed to continue fighting for those who have been unjustly killed by law enforcement. "Justice for George means freedom for all," he concluded.

Terrence Floyd, another brother of George, was thankful that their family was able to witness the day when justice was made in his late brother’s name, USA Today reported.

"He showed me how to be strong. He showed me how to be respectful. He showed me how to speak my mind," Terrence said of his brother. "I’m going to miss him, but now I know he’s in history. What a day to be a Floyd, man."

Aside from his family, well-known personalities and celebrities reacted to George's death in May last year, including Meghan Markle and Michelle Obama. The Duchess of Sussex "felt very raw" after the incident, while the former first lady said she was "pained" over the tragedy and "exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop."

Jennifer Aniston was also heartbroken following the George's death. The "Friends" alum made a $1 million donation to Color of Change, an organization supporting racial equality and justice.

Demonstrators near the George Floyd Memorial in Minneapolis, Minnesota Demonstrators near the George Floyd Memorial in Minneapolis, Minnesota Photo: AFP / Kerem Yucel