The sister of George Floyd says she will pray for the ex-policeman convicted of his brutal murder.
LaTonya Floyd says her ‘heart jumped out of her chest’ when a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday.
In May he was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as he arrested him in Minneapolis for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill.
As his hands were cuffed behind his back, he could be heard crying out ‘I can’t breathe’ — which was used as a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter protests that followed.
Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain today, neither Mr Floyd’s sister nor his niece Bianca Williams though Chauvin showed any remorse as the guilty verdicts were read out.
But in a show of compassion and dignity, Ms Floyd, 52, said: ‘I pray for him, I pray for him, I do and I’m going to continue to pray for him.
‘In his heart he wasn’t guilty, he wasn’t really expecting that. He has nothing to apologise for because he didn’t think he was wrong.’
George Floyd, 46, cried out ‘I can’t breathe’ repeatedly as he was pinned to the ground in cuffs
Mr Floyd’s family say they didn’t think Derek Chauvin expected to be found guilty (Picture: AP)
One of the most poignant moments for Ms Floyd was seeing Chauvin being put in handcuffs, as he did the same to her 46-year-old brother and there was ‘nothing he could do’.
She added: ‘Just because you’re the law doesn’t mean you are above the law. We don’t have to hold our breath no more because justice has been served.’
Ms Floyd also thanked Darnella Frazier, who was just 17 when she filmed Chauvin carrying out the killing.
She said: ‘Without that video, justice probably wouldn’t have been served. There’s so many other names on the list that should have had someone strong enough, brave enough, to record.’
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When asked about how Minneapolis Police Department handled the case, Ms Floyd said: ‘They knew it was wrong and they stuck by us and they told the truth. You know that it was wrong when your chief gets up there and says it.’
Despite the result, Ms Williams says the US is still in desperate need of better policing, better training and greater accountability.
She added: ‘Keep marching with us, continue to stand with us, we feel the love, we feel the unity from all over the world, this is only the beginning, we’ve got to move this on.’
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