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George Floyd’s family vows to ‘keep fighting’ for just policing after Chauvin verdict

After a Minneapolis jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd, President Joe Biden spoke with the Floyd family over the phone. While happy with the verdict, the family vowed to continue efforts towards bringing systemic change in policing.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    And we return now to our lead story, and that is the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

    Shortly after the judge read the decision, Floyd's family received a call from President Biden.

    Earlier today, he said he prayed for what he called the right verdict. The president spoke to the family and recalled what George Floyd's daughter, Gianna, once said.

  • Pres. Joe Biden:

    Feeling better now. Nothing is going to make it all better, but at least, God, now there's some justice.

  • Woman:

    Right.

  • Joe Biden:

    And you know what? I think of Gianna's comment, "My dad is going to change the world." He's going to start to change it now.

  • Woman:

    That's right.

  • Man:

    Yes.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    We close tonight — that was, of course, President Biden on the phone with the Floyd family.

    And we close tonight with the words of George Floyd's family, and their attorney, Benjamin Crump. They applauded the decision, but they also spoke of bigger challenges and said the larger fight for justice isn't over.

  • Benjamin Crump:

    This is a victory for those who champion humanity over inhumanity, those who champion justice over injustice, those who champion morals over immorality.

    America, let's lean in to this moment.

  • Philonise Floyd:

    It seems like this is a never-ending cycle.

  • Man:

    Yes.

  • Man:

    Yes.

  • Philonise Floyd:

    Reverend Al always told me, we have got to keep fighting.

  • Woman:

    That's right.

  • Philonise Floyd:

    I'm going to put up a fight every day, because I'm not just fighting for George anymore. I'm fighting for everybody around this world.

  • Man:

    Yes.

  • Philonise Floyd:

    I get calls, I get D.M.s, people from Brazil, from Ghana, from Germany, everybody, London, Italy. They're all saying the same thing: We won't be able to breathe until you're able to breathe.

  • Man:

    Yes.

  • Woman:

    That's right.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, and, before him, Benjamin Crump, the family attorney.

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