See the moment George Floyd’s family in Houston heard the verdict: ‘We won’
HOUSTON, Texas — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, and Floyd’s family in Houston is feeling a sense of relief and victory.
As Floyd’s family watched the verdict being read, they were overcome with emotion: “We won,” they reacted.
Ben Crump, one of the attorneys for Floyd’s family that helped settle a $27 million civil lawsuit last month, called the Chauvin case a “turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement,” after the former Minneapolis police officer was convicted on all three counts in Floyd’s death.
“Painfully earned justice has arrived for George Floyd’s family and the community here in Minneapolis, but today’s verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world,” Crump said in a statement. “But it does not end here. We have not forgotten that the other three officers who played their own roles in the death of George Floyd must still be held accountable for their actions, as well.”
Antonio M. Romanucci, another attorney on the legal team, said in a statement the verdict “reinforces significant police reforms underway in Minneapolis including use-of-force reporting, a requirement to keep body-worn cameras on, and a policy for officers to de-escalate non-threatening encounters by disengaging or walking away.”
He called on Minnesota state lawmakers to pass The George Floyd Arbitration Reform Bill, and for the United States Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
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