Following the court docket ruling that sentenced Derek Chauvin to 22 years imprisonment, the household of George Floyd have famous that they’re relieved.
On Friday, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill sentenced former Minneapolis police officer, Chauvin to 22 years imprisonment, after having been held in solitary confinement since April.
In a video by the BBC, a member of the family was heard saying the black neighborhood can lastly breathe. She additionally famous that the judgement is the start of the therapeutic course of for among the black neighborhood although not all.
The household of George Floyd additionally launched a written assertion by way of their attorneys.
It learn, “For once, a police officer who wrongly took the life of a Black man was held to account.
“While this should not be distinctive, tragically it’s.
“Day after day, year after year, police kill Black people without consequence.”
The assertion requires “real, lasting change in police departments from coast to coast” and for Congress to cross the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.
The BBC additionally printed an announcement by Bridgett Floyd who mentioned there may be nonetheless a protracted method to go.
“The sentence handed down today to the Minneapolis police officer who killed my brother George Floyd shows that matters of police brutality are finally being taken seriously,” she says.
“However, we have a long way to go and many changes to make before Black and Brown people finally feel like they are being treated fairly and humanely by law enforcement in this country.”
Bridgett has arrange a non-profit basis in her brother’s identify.
“Our work at the George Floyd Memorial Foundation has only just begun because the fight for justice is far from over,” her assertion provides.
Also talking, Reverend Al Sharpton famous that justice would have been that Floyd was by no means killed.
“This is not justice because George Floyd is in a grave tonight even though Chauvin will be in jail,” he says.
“Justice would have been George Floyd never having been killed. Justice would have been the maximum,” Sharpton says, referring to the total 30-year sentence that the prosecution requested for.
He says that “22.5 years is longer than we have ever gotten but shorter than what we should have gotten in the past.”
He then leads the household and different onlookers in prayer.