‘We are able to breathe again:’ George Floyd’s family speaks following Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

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MINNESOTA (WJW/AP) — The family of George Floyd is celebrating after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death.

At a joyous family news conference, Floyd’s brother Philonise said he’s been getting messages from around the world. He told reporters that “they’re all saying the same thing: ‘We won’t be able to breathe until you’re able to breathe.’ Today, we are able to breathe again.”

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump says: “This is a victory for those who champion humanity over inhumanity. Those who champion justice over injustice.”

Floyd’s brother Terrence said: “History is here. This is monumental.” He added, “What a day to be a Floyd, man.”

People are taking to the streets in Minnesota and around the country as Derek Chauvin has been found guilty in the death of George Floyd.

The jury reached its verdict Tuesday after deliberating about 10 hours over two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.

Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes.

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