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New York Daily News: MANHATTAN, NY – George Floyd’s family members expressed gratitude and called for more change Tuesday, shortly after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering the 46-year-old Black man in 2020.

“We have to march. We have to do this for life. We have to protest, because it seems like this is a never-ending cycle,” Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, said at a press conference. “I’ll put up a fight every day. Because I’m not just fighting for George anymore, I’m fighting for everybody around this world.”

The Floyds spoke about an hour after a jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin’s killing of Floyd on May 25, 2020, sparked worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, and the trial was closely watched.

“Today, we are able to breathe again,” Philonise Floyd said. “We’re gonna fight for everybody. We’re here, and we’re not going anywhere. I wanna thank all the protesters, all the attorneys who stepped up, all the activists who stepped up. Thank you all. Justice for George means freedom for all.”

George’s 7-year-old daughter, Gianna, attended the press conference alongside her mother, Roxie Washington, and the two embraced during the event.

Floyd family members, alongside their attorneys and the Rev Al Sharpton, called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which has stalled in the Senate.

The Floyds thanked many people, including activists around the world, for contributing to Tuesday’s verdict. Some noted how rare the decision was, and specifically contrasted it with Breonna Taylor’s case, where the two cops who fatally shot the 26-year-old Black woman in Louisville, Kentucky, in March 2020 were not charged with crimes.

“Everything proved exactly what we saw in that video. But yet, we still questioned the decision of the jury,” Brandon Williams, George’s nephew, said. “We need each and every officer to be held accountable. Until then, it’s still scary to be a Black man or woman in America and encounter the police. When I say today is a pivotal moment, it’s a chance for America to turn in the right direction.”

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented Floyd’s family in a civil lawsuit, celebrated Tuesday’s verdict, calling it “painfully earned justice.”

“This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state,” he said. “We thank Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and his team for their fierce dedication to justice for George. But it does not end here.”

Crump also mentioned the three other officers charged in Floyd’s death — Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — who are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. Their trial is expected to start in late August.

  • Top Feature Photo: Philonise Floyd, Attorney Ben Crump and the Rev Al Sharpton, from left, react after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn – Julio Cortez/AP