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further, i want to show you a piece of video. our correspondent shaquille brewster encountered courtney ross, girlfriend of the late george floyd, and captured her comments after the verdict. >> can you tell me, what did you think when you first heard that verdict? >> i'm just extremely thankful that george's life is going to bring change now. i knew the verdict was going to be guilty. i knew it. >> so many people said it was your testimony that was so key to humanizing george floyd, to help the jury connect with george floyd. hearing that guilty verdict, what do you think of your influence on this? >> you know, it's easy to talk about floyd. i could talk about him all day. so my testimony was just true to
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us, you know. and like floyd said when he first met me, the truth is here. the truth is here and now justice is here and we gonna move on. >> when you look at the other families that are also suffering, what happens from here? what do you think this verdict says about what -- how police should be held accountable? >> oh. well, there is going to be change in the future. and we still have a lot of reparations to make from the past. so cases need to be reopened and we need to re-examine them and we need to hold people accountable, period. >> do you think you will testify in the trials of the other officers? >> it's time. it is time everybody gets held accountable. >> what was your first reaction? >> just that, like i said, we're going to start making change for
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the people that got forgotten. >> what message do you think this sends to the u.s. and the rest of the world? >> that change is coming, so watch out. change is coming. we have to keep walking. i'm sorry, y'all. >> courtney ross, courtney ross who delivered such memorable, very, very personal testimony as noted by shaquille brewster really was one of the people that humanized george floyd perhaps to members of the jury and perhaps played an outsized role in what we're seeing unfold here. we're seeing the word. we're hearing the word "justice" a lot. we're hearing the word "accountability" a lot. some folks saying it is more the matter than the former. nicole, it is during this hour we expect to hear from the floyd family, from the rev al
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sharpton, from the attorneys at a kind of makeshift press event. but big changes certainly coming to the twin cities and elsewhere. >> and just to add to that, the white house has confirmed that the president and vice president will address the nation this evening. the former president obama has issued a statement. i'll just read part of it. for almost a year george floyd's death under the knee of a police officer has reverberated around the world inspiring murals and mars, conversations in living rooms. but the more basic question has always remained rmt would justice be done? in this case, at least we have our answer. but if we are being honest with ourselves, we know true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial. eddy, i keep thinking about a
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conversation you and i had weeks ago about the 17-year-old eye witness to george floyd's killing. she's the one who filmed the bystander video. when i listen to keith ellison and the prosecutors talk about the case they made, they were given some extraordinary human experiences by the eye witnesses themselves. >> right. and if it wasn't for darnella frazier pulling out her phone, videotaping the death of george floyd and uploading it on her facebook page, would we be here? that's a key point. i want to raise her up. my stomach has been in knots. i have been telling you this, nicole. this is a moment of relief, but it is an inaugural moment. it is a beginning. it is not an end. justice is a practice. it is not an end. and, so, we need to understand
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to be in this moment of transition to change the very nature of policing. the last part i would make quickly is we have been preparing for the violence of protests. now we need to prepare for the reaction of the police. we were prepared for the protesters and what they might do if the verdict came down in a way they were not satisfied. now we need to be mindful of what it means that we're seeing these tectonic plates shift. >> eddy, stay with us. we're going to listen to the press conference. the rev al sharpton with the floyd family now. >> when ben crump called, we remembered how eric gardener said i can't breathe 11 times. his mother came with us to the site. the family came in, and this family has stood together for the last 11 months watching this video go over and over and over
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again. this family stood with pain, suffering and not knowing what the future held because so many families went and got nothing. they thanked god when they got the indictment which would not have happened had not the attorney general keith ellison took this case. and keith ellison fought and put together a team that made this possible. and this is the first time in the history of this state that a white police officer has been convicted, less known convicted of a murder. this is the first time in a long way of fights that we've seen three counts, guilty on all three. we don't find pleasure in this. we don't celebrate a man going
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to jail. we would have rather george be alive. but we celebrate that we, because young people, white and black, many that are here tonight marched and kept marching and kept going. many of them looked down on, but they kept marching and wouldn't let this die. and this is an assurance to them that if we don't give up that we can win some rounds. but the war and the fight is not over. >> not over. >> just two days from now, we're going to have to deal with the funeral of daunte wright in the same county, the same area. we still have cases to fight. but this gives us the energy to fight on. and we are determined that we're going to fight until we make federal law, the george floyd justice in policing act.
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we want to thank all that were involved, especially attorney general and the governor and others. we want to thank president biden, who the first time he came out of his house during the campaign he flew to houston and met with the family and attorney crump and i and he sat there, and i will never forget, he said to george's daughter that i heard you say your father is going to change the world. but before we do anything, we first want to breathe and thank god because somehow god made a
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way. we believe in a god that can even get through the cracks in the jury room and bring conscious and bring truth. and that jury, we want to thank them for letting god give them the strength. wherever they are tonight, we want them to know we broke down in tears when we heard the verdict. we had to hold each other and hug in tears because too many nights we have cried, many of for decades, spent nights in jail. but today we can wipe our tears away and fight off another day. it's sunlight. we will bring it for eric gardener and breonna taylor, whose boyfriend is here tonight, so many that did not get this night, this night is for them. let us pray. let's lock arms and pray.
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yeah. come on. you and rodney come up front. i know you hiding now. brother chris, get next to the attorney general there. let's pray. dear god, we thank you for giving us the strength to stand together. sometimes we would question each other. sometimes we say this is just going to be a waste of time. but somehow you touched us in the midnight hours and teach us to hold on and that if we would be faithful over a few things you would give us the victory over many. we thank you because we know it was not any doing of ours, but your love and kindness and your tender mercy that made tonight possible. bless those that worked, that
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made this prosecution something they couldn't deny. bless those policemen that got on the stand and testified against another policemen. bless the jury that listened to the evidence and didn't listen to those that may criticize them for doing this. bless the prosecutor keith ellison. >> yes, lord. >> and his staff that did their job, even though they didn't know what the outcome would be. bless ben crump in a special way, that worked tirelessly, that jumped on planes and left his family to make sure that justice would rain down. thank you for all of the civil and human rights leaders that stood up and we thank you for the nameless grandmas and grandpas that would get on their knees and ask you to give us a victory this time. and, lord, as we give you the thanks and give you the praise,
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let george know that his name has gone done in history. they may have put their knee on his neck, but he will now be a figure that we will take our knees out of our necks now that we will give you the praise thank you. and, god, we give you the glory. these blessings we give in your name. amen. >> amen. [ applause ] . . >> let me say that i want to bring on now a man who has symbolized the fight for justice. he didn't seek the role, but he rose to the occasion. america for many years didn't have someone to stand for us. the last four years we didn't have an attorney general's office that even hear our cry. but we had been raised to believe that god always has a
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ram in the bush. and god has a way of taking the most humble of people and raising them as up. we had an attorney general in black america that has represented these cases with the acumen and skill of one that was raised in the south but came to claim this nation in a new direction. i bring you the attorney general for black america, ben crump. >> i love it. >> thank you, reverend al starp sharp ton, not only for your mentor ship, not only for being a great civil rights leader but for being a moral authority, especially making sure no matter what happened that we always maintained the moral high ground knowing that we were on the right side of history as we fought for justice for george
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perry floyd jr. say his name! >> george floyd! >> i am but a member of a great team of very talented attorneys, and i'm going to knowledge that. yeah. we got the omegas and the kappas. i want to acknowledge these great group of lawyers and then the family members. two or three of the lawyers will address you. and then at that time we will hear from the family members before we take any of your questions. i want to acknowledge a great lawyer from chicago, illinois, one of the best i have ever had a chance to work with, attorney tony raminucci. i want to recognize my partner
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on the front line in this case, one of the best lawyers who hails from atlanta, georgia, attorney chris stewart. his law partner, justin miller. attorney madeleine simmons. great minnesota lawyers. attorney michelle gado. and who else we got here? anybody else? we have attorney scott masterson who is not present, attorney bravani. i said michelle. we got michelle. >> i see here. >> and just a great group of lawyers. and i want to let you know who we have present here with the family here in minneapolis for this historic day. we have george floyd's brothers.
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we have rodney floyd. we have brandon williams, who is george floyd's nephew but was more like a son to him. they call him wu back in the third ward. we have keena floyd. oh, where are you at? we got terrence floyd. his sisters who are not with us, but we should absolutely acknowledge bridget floyd, who hails from north carolina, his sisters latonya and zaza who hail from houston, texas. we have his cousins. and we have the mother of his
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daughter gianna floyd. we have roxie washington. and we have gianna. and, so, i'll make some brief remarks, and then we're going to have attorney stewart. angela, cousin and uncle. any more floyd family? i know it's a big crew. a.d. a.d., the man he came from minneapolis with. so i'll make some brief remarks, and then we're going to have attorney stuart and raminucchi make some remarks and then we're going to hear from this family and we will try to leave here today knowing that america is a
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better country. america, let's pause for a moment to proclaim this historical moment, not just for the legacy of george floyd, but for the legacy of america. the legacy of trying to make america for all americans so that george floyd's victory and america's quest for equal justice under the law will be intertwined. america, let's frame this moment as a moment where we finally are getting close to living up to
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our declaration of independence that we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equally, that they are endowed by their creative with certain inalienable rights, among thens life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. america, that means all of us. that means black people. that means hispanic people. that means native people. that means asian people. that means all of us, america. we frame this moment for all of us, not just for george floyd. 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 into this moment and let's make sure,
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reverend al, that this moment will be documented for our children yet unborn as they continue on the journey to justice knowing that the blood of george floyd will give them a trail to find a way to a better america, a more just america, a more just america where breonna taylor gets an opportunity to sleep in peace at night without the police busting in her front door. a more just america where ahmaud arbery gets to run free and not be lynched for jogging while black. a more just america where jacob blake and anthony mcclain and
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walter scott and all these other black men, terrence who was shot in the back while running away like daunte wright was just a week ago because for some reason black men running away from the police is more dangerous than young white men who commit mass murdered and walk towards the police with an assault weapon like kyle rittenhouse in kenosha, wisconsin. america, let this be the precedent. let this be the precedent where we live up to the high ideals and the promises where we say liberty and justice for all. those sun kissed children are included in all. those children who overcame
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slavery, the jim crow and his much, smarter, wiser son jim crow jr. esquire. let this be the precedence where we overcome systemic racism and oppression and that we are a better people and we will leave our children a better world. a better world for us all. at this time, we will hear from a great lawyer because nobody does this alone. it is a team effort. the lawyers, the preachers the civil rights leaders, the education leaders that act to this, let's give a big round of
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applause for the activists. the people who are here locally, who were at 38th and chicago avenue day in and day out so people wouldn't go home, wouldn't stay quiet, people who followed your example. donald williams. donald. so we love you, donald. my brother, attorney chris stewart. tony, are you coming up there.
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>> the first thing that happened when we heard the verdict is that we all teared up and embraced. so don't confuse these tears thinking that they are sorrow because those were the tears that happens to african-americans when they are pulled over constantly on the side of the road and know they can't get help. those are the tears of the victims we see killed for no reason and justice never comes. those are the tears that someone will weep tomorrow when they are taken advantage of in an interaction with law enforcement. but today the tears are pure joy. >> yes. >> pure joy and pure shock because days like this don't happen. the whole world should not have
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to rally to get justice for one man, but that's what happened. this wasn't a city case. this wasn't one family's case. this was the entire world's case. and justice came. but it shouldn't have to be so hard to obtain this level of justice in cases like this when we can see with our own eyes the only difference is the color of skin. and that's the change that we all want. that's not a change that's outrageous. yes, law enforcement have a dangerous job. they have to carry a spear and a sword and a shield. but all too often african-americans only get the spear or the sword. we need more of the shield. >> amen. >> because this is not a case against every officer. my life was saved by two law enforcement officers years ago. so i will never throw every cops under the bus. but we will put more cops in jail when you kill someone just
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because they're black. changes starting with the george floyd justice in policing act, a beautifully written bill that will help protect the community and policing. will we let politics divide us? that's what happens. republican or democrat, you will stick to your side. unify and get this bill passed and save people so that you don't have to board up your own cities for situations like this. and if not, we'll see you next time when it's time to vote. >> amen. >> you have seen what's happened across this country. >> say it. >> and we shouldn't have to be so happy when we finally get one. but we are in celebration for gianna. for roxi who stayed strong this entire time, for the activists, for this entire group. and it wouldn't have happened without every single one of y'all, white or black, people
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out there praying for this family getting love and support. we love all of you all. let this be a changing point in america in policing for a positive way and let's unify. thank you, my brother. >> love you, man. >> attorney tony raminucchi from chicago, illinois. >> good afternoon, everybody. i'm smiling here today not for myself but really for the entire country and for the world that's watching. i know that on behalf of the family and for everyone who is here today that we stand here before you feeling a tremendous amount of joy and eternal hope. for me, 36 years ago, i was a young public defender in cook county. reverend jackson, i know you know that place very well. and that's where i was
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introduced to the marginalization of black and brown people. and for now, this is the 36th year i have seen it come through. i really feel that this country has turned a corner. but i'm going to tell you, it was a tough corner to turn. and it couldn't have been done, and i'm going to reach out to you all, the press, for spreading the message, for the strength and wisdom of ben crump, to you, reverend al sharpton, reverend jackson, the attorneys, chris, justin, madeleine, jeff, michelle, all the teams in all the cities in this country, the attorney general and the magnificent prosecution team. they did it, right? >> they did. >> they tied up every loose -- they tied up every loose thread for that jury. they let them follow it right through. they showed them how to prosecute and how to convict.
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>> yes, they did. >> and we are so grateful. but make no mistake, we are not done. the george floyd policing and reform act must pass the senate. >> yes. >> amen. >> we now know that today police can and will be held accountable for needless death. this death never should have happened. george should have been alive somewhere with his daughter gianna playing on a playground. from now on everyone is on notice that police will be held accountable, that we will be held accountable, too. this whole country should be held accountable. but police especially. i am so thankful to all of you. i am hopeful for a greater america, for a great, great vote of confidence. i will tell you that that speaker pelosi called us not once today but twice.
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our speaker is a great leader. she is somebody that wants to see this through. we have a great president who wants to see this through. we have one little hiccup in between. let's get this passed the senate. let's get justice in america once and for all and forever. one last comment. i met a young lady yesterday whose name was lamaya. she said one thing to me i promised i would repeat today. she's not part of the floyd family. she is part of the wright family. and he said one thing, and i promised her i would say it today. we are all god's children. >> yes. >> thank you, lamaya. >> thank you, tony. and i know speaker pelosi called. we need to acknowledge when we were over at the the court house as we were leaving i got one of those calls and we stopped
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everything. >> had no idea. >> and it was chris and felonius and roxie, all of us. we were walking out. we stopped in mid-sentence because president joe biden called to talk about what a moment this was for america and now we have to use this moment to build on. so we want to acknowledge president biden acknowledging that we are all a better america today. isn't that what he said? >> okay. okay. and we got so many good staff people to thank. jim, michelle, edna, roma, all these people who have been working supporting our lawyers, everybody. but briefly, we want to have -- we can't be in minneapolis and not have a representative --
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whether jeff or michelle want to say a word. jeff, michelle. >> so i just briefly want to say i love this city. i love this state. and no longer can we be known for these massively infamous failures in civil rights. we owe our children and our community more. from this moment further, from this conviction now we have to be leaders in this country on civil rights. >> tell them, jeff. >> and everyone standing up here will work tirelessly until that happens. and i challenge everybody else in minnesota to make that same effort. thank you. >> thank you, jeff. >> okay. thank you, jeff. can we -- everybody take a step
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back. let's try to make the podium -- let's try to make the podium. take a step back. we're going to have the family come up. >> okay. okay. we're going to have the family come and try to greet you all. you got to back up, too. the camera is trying to get the podium there so. right now -- okay. right now we're going to bring up a man who when i first met him, tony, i remember all he could do is cry because he was heart broken. he was heart broken because, remember, so many times we
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are -- it's a case to us. you know, my sign is a hashtag. but for them, this is their flesh and blood. they slept in the bed with george. i mean, the stories that they tell, you know this was a close family. he tells those stories, reverend floyd, he used to pee on george. but he has become so dignified and articulate in expressing not just the fight for justice for his family, not just the fight for justice for black america, but he really has become so articulate in saying we have to fight for all americans.
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>> my nephew, he calling me baby al. jesse calling me steve harvey. but, man, i feel relieved today that i finally have the opportunity for hopefully getting some sleep. a lot of days that i prayed and i hoped and i was speaking everything into existence. i said, i have faith that we will be convicted. it's been a long journey. >> yeah. >> and it's been less than a year. and the person that comes to my mind is 1955. and to me he was the first george floyd. that was emmitt till. >> wow.
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wow. >> i did -- i was on cnn with deborah watts and she just brought him back to life. people forgot about him. >> yeah. >> but he was the first george floyd. but today you have the cameras all around the world to see and show what happened to my brother. those emotions hit you. the world seeing his light being extinguished. and i could do nothing but watch especially in that courtroom over and over and over again as my brother was murdered. times, they're getting harder every day. 10 miles away from here, mr. wright, daunte wright, he should still be here.
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we have to always understand that we have to march. we will have to do this for life. we have to protest because it seems like this is a never ending cycle. >> yeah. >> reverend al always told me, we got to keep fighting. 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. >> yes. >> i get calls. i get dms, people from brazil, 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. today we are able to breathe again. i told you. we will get justice. and we still we're going to
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fight for you, too. we're going to fight for everybody. thank you all so much for just giving us this time because we are here and we're not going anywhere. and i want to thank all the protesters, all the attorneys who stepped up, all the activists who stepped up and many who think they're not activists but advocates. thank you all. >> amen. >> because justice for george means freedom for all. >> all right. all right. >> yeah. you did it. >> george's brother from new york city, terrence floyd. reverend floyd. >> i'm not going to preach today. oh, man. so many emotions right now.
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i'm grateful for the people that support and praise, the love that was shown, whether you sent it by social media or whether you sent it e-mails or whatever. we just appreciate the love. appreciate the team, the crump law team. i call him unc. we built a bonding relationship through this journey. he would call me and check up on me and ask me if i'm all right because i'm the only one up here. everybody else is down south. but he never stopped checking up on me. and i'm grateful for that. i'm grateful for reverend
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sharpton. he's been fighting a long time. long time. man. reverend jesse jackson. there is a lot of history here. history is here. this is monumental. [ applause ] >> reverend jesse jackson, al sharpton, they lived to see this. >> wow. >> their fight wasn't in vain. it just didn't happen when they did it. but it happened now. >> amen. >> and they're here to see it and be proud of it. it goes back to when he did that service. my family is a family that will not back down from prayer. >> yes. come on. >> and i believe because of
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prayer, we got the verdict we wanted. >> amen. >> amen. >> we got on our knees. some of us stood up. but we asked the right person. we asked the right one. >> come on, god. >> we said, god, we need justice. we need it now. and he answered. oh, man. i'm just grateful. i'm grateful that my grandmother, my mother, my aunts they got to see this history made. i'm grateful my brother is here. i will salute him every day of my life. i will salute him because he showed me how to be strong. he showed me how to be
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respectful. he showed me how to speak my mind. i'm going to miss him, but now i know he's in history. what a day to be a floyd, man. >> wow. >> wow. [ applause ] >> thank you. >> thank you, terrence. now we will hear from george's baby brother, rodney floyd. >> oh, man. >> you know what? i'm going to say this first. i would want to thank all those advocates, the activists. i would like to think the people that stayed in the streets marching night and day. 83 days, i think. i may be wrong. but thank you for everybody that stayed out there making a statement with us and cared for us on our dark days, dark nights. we had them. we got so many messages flooding
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in from social media sites. can't read them all. it's so many. but you know what, thank everyone, each and everyone. so many people at grocery stores who walk in. we hear from the elders. i believe and respect in the elders. give you guys all the respect, men and women. i hear them walk up in the grocery store and they say, let me talk to you. i know who you are. and we stop and hold a great conversation telling me what they experienced as a child, what they saw and what they need for change. and they say we are here for you. and this is everywhere i go, my brother go, we all go. and thank you people for the love in the streets. i'm thanking everyone. because this is a victory for all of us. there is no color barrier on this. this is everyone who is being held down, pinned down and you know what, people, and we standing together in unity. and this right here i'd like to thank our team. this attorney ben crump, tony
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romanucchi. i would like to thank the jury, everybody. thank god. you know what, people? we not done yet. my brother george, he's smiling. his beautiful daughter is here, gianna. you're beautiful. you're so smart. roxi, you got my heart, baby. thank you for keeping it strong. i know how hard it is. i would like to thank this jury for having the heart and mind set that we all saw in this video. everybody saw the video. and what the jury had to say, i'd like to thank them. i'd like to thank everybody, the press and all. but for george this is fight is not over. we will try to get this george floyd act passed. the act has to be passed people.
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it has to be. we will keep pressure on the senate, everybody. thank you all for coming. george, i know that he love all y'all. thank y'all. >> all right, rodney. >> and next we're going to have a man who him and george used to text each other all the time. congresswoman sheila jackson lee always talk about kuni homes, houston, texas. we're going to hear from brandon williams who was like a son to george. >> it's a very emotional day for me. i'm overwhelmed with joy but
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first i want to say thank you. thank you to all you guys advocating, protesting in the middle of a pandemic, putting your lives and safety on the line. we appreciate that. especially to our legal team, ben, tony, justin, chris, justin back here. definitely thank you to keith ellison and his team. i think they did an amazing job from start to finish. all of the evidence, all of the witnesses, everything, proved exactly what we saw in that video. but, yet, we still question the decision of the jury. and i wonder why. oftentimes, the system fails us as black men and women in america. with all the evidence there, everybody pointing to a guilty verdict, we somehow still don't get the guilty verdict or in some cases i got my good friend
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kenny walker back here, we don't even get charges. >> right. >> so today is a pivotal moment for america. it's something this country has needed for a long time now. when i say a pivotal moment, i mean change in this broken system. it wasn't built there to oppress us. oftentimes we see people who are supposed to, supposed to protect and serve. supposed to protect and serve, they do the total opposite. on the first day of trial, we had a press conference and we kneeled for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. and when i got up and it was my
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bern to speak, i said that every time i come out here it's hard because this is the exact place they took somebody from me that i love and i absolutely dislike coming here. but i also said this time it was easy. we came for one thing and one thing only, that was justice for george floyd. and today that's what we got. [ applause ] >> so this time it wasn't hard at all. it wasn't hard at all. i'm big on faith and prayer. >> yes. >> come on, brandon. >> i had a lot of faith, but i was also optimistic. we need police reform bad. >> yeah. >> these guys are able to wear a badge and go out in the field,
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which means that they're qualified and trained to do their job at a high level. but when you shoot and kill a man that's running away from you that doesn't pose a threat, you're not qualified and undertrained or it's a choice and you want to kill black men and women. it is either one or the other. and i think today keith ellison and his team proved that just because you are the law, you are not above the law. >> yeah! >> we need each and every officer to be held accountable. and until then, it's still scary to be a black man and woman in america encountering police. when i say today is a pivotal moment, it is a chance for america to take a turn in the right direction and right a lot of wrongs so that we don't keep
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adding to these names, so that little kills like gianna are not growing up fatherless. it is a lot of sleepless nights. no family should go through that. a turn in the right direction today. and this day in history proves that it was a turning point. thank you. >> we're going to hear from just a few more family members, and then we're going to try to get to your questions. but i would be remiss because brandon said i got to acknowledge his man cliff who worked for us. >> where my man cliff at? and he talked about kenny walker, chris, as we talk about all the brothers, we can never forget that they're killing black women as well. and so we got to remember brie
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bsh breonna taylor, sandra bland, atatiana jefferson. and may 13th, pam turner, in a couple of weeks we're having a march for black women in baytown, texas, because if you was outraged when you saw the video how george floyd got killed by police, you should be equally outraged when you see the video of how they killed pam turner, an unarmed black woman laying down on her back that he shot in the face, in the chest, and in the stomach. justice for george floyd means freedom for us all like philonise said. we're going to bring people up who come from the harris county, texas, area, cousins of george floyd, sharita mcgee. >> let me just say that my
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cousins have pretty much covered everything. there's not a whole lot left for me to say. i just really want to echo the sentiments of them that when we started this journey almost a year ago, we were committed to doing a couple of things. one thing is to ensure that justice was served and that we were going to be here and visible and present and actively involved until we saw it through. we are a family who's strong in our faith. we relied on it in other areas of our life, and this time was no different, and we pray to god, and we expected our prayers to not come back void, and he delivered for us today. so we are eternally grateful for everyone from the press to the activists, the attorneys, the prosecution team, everyone. we have so many people that we want to thank that i just really feel like we're probably going to leave somebody out, but i just hope that you would charge it to my head and not my heart because we sincerely appreciate
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everything that everybody has done, and we thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. i'm really overwhelmed with emotion, and i just am grateful for this day. it's been a journey for sure, and this victory for george floyd today is a victory for many. and when we started this journey, kind of like my sister said, we are committed to making sure we know we'll never get george back, and that's the sad part. but we are fighting and we are going to continue to fight because we've all individually and together as a family had that conversation that if we could have been there with george on that day, there probably would have been more than one dead. but we couldn't be there, so we can't bring him back, but we can save lives, and we want the
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actual reform that's going to not only give us the change we want but make sure not another family has to suffer what we have suffered. thank you all. my sister kind of touched on everything. we have an amazing team here who have helped us along this journey. we are so grateful for everyone who has supported us along the way. we're forever grateful to you, and we love you all. thank you. >> thank you. >> so we're going to hear from two more cousins and then we're going to hear last from the family roxie and gianna are going to come and then reverend al, reverend jackson and others address you. at this time, we're going to have angela and paris come. cousins of george floyd.
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hello, i'm angela harrelson, i'm actually george floyd's aunt and this is the cousin here, so anyway, i just want to say that this has been a hard road, not just for the family but for everybody, and i want to especially thank the minneapolis community for holding it down at the george floyd square. janelle austin, you know, jeanette rupren, may ya washington, these are community leaders that held down at that place, they held that place sacred for everyone to go there to express their condolences, so we appreciate that, and this verdict is a verdict that is well needed and it's over due, and i want to say to the people around the world that is listening, it was a darkness on may 25th, was a very very dark day. there was a lot of pain, and
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there was a lot of hatred. but at the same time i got a chance to witness something. i got a chance to witness the love that i saw around the world that was poured into the family. i don't know if i would ever see that again in my lifetime, but i'm glad that i got a chance to see the love that you have shown me, my family, and everyone because you've touched us, and i want to say thank you. and i'm so glad about this day. thank you. >> i just want to thank everyone, again. all the family up here has basically said the same thing, so i just want to thank you. thank you to the community. you all are very special to me. you're just like family. >> yes. >> and i appreciate you at the
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square. so i'll leave you with the statement that i always say, you have to keep walking the walk. >> yes. >> the journey isn't over. so continue to pray for us, pray for everyone, and keep walking the walk. >> yes, and i want to say one more thing, we must not let his death be his last word. thank you. >> and lastly, we're going to have tiffany hall, a sister-in-law of george floyd. >> i just want to thank everyone for all the support. we couldn't do this without you guys, and we appreciate all the time you have given us. just know this is the beginning. we have families we need to fight for, and we hope and pray that this will speak volume, and we'll have a change in this
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room, and won't have to add anymore families with our families. okay. so we're really hoping this will bring on the change. thank you guy, and. >> thank you, tiffany. >> now, we will have reverend al come back to the podium and acknowledge some important individuals, and then we'll go ahead and take questions. reverend al sharpton. >> let me say this, before we have questions, i think that it is appropriate that we respect those that laid the path for us and let us always remember those that cleared the field and made us possible. movement didn't start with us. we are a continuation of movements before us and they will be continued until freedom. >> amen. amen.
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>> may we hear from my mentor, the reverend jesse jackson. >> we will now -- we're here about a $20 bill. someone had to call the police about a $20 bill. the king once said, we're living our faith, prayers we live under the law. killed in 1955. jurors came -- well, asked the
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juror, why did you convict the killer. you know who he was. brag about taking his life. he said i could not imagine going to jail for killing a -- it's time for a fundamental change. i want to thank, johnny cochran, ben crump, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> he believed it couldn't happen. never happened


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