(CNN)George Floyd’s brothers shared their pain and grief with the world for nearly a year. On Tuesday, they finally felt some relief.

“Today, we are able to breathe again,” Philonise Floyd told reporters.Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes last year, was found guilty in Floyd’s murder on Tuesday. After the jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days, the verdict was welcomed with waves of celebration in Minneapolis and across the country. Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, led to what some describe as the largest protest movement in US history, and forced America to reckon with racial injustice and police accountability. All while his family joined a long list of relatives of Black men killed at the hands of police who have turned their pain into calls for accountability.Derek Chauvin found guilty of all three charges for killing George FloydDerek Chauvin found guilty of all three charges for killing George FloydDerek Chauvin found guilty of all three charges for killing George Floyd“We have to always understand that we have to march. We will have to do this for life,” Philonise Floyd said. “We have to protest because it seems like this is a never-ending cycle”Read More”I’m not just fighting for George anymore,” he added. “I’m fighting for everyone around the world.”About a dozen of Floyd’s relatives, including his siblings, cousins and daughter Gianna gathered at a hotel a few blocks away from the Hennepin County Courthouse. Together, they prayed guided by the Rev. Al Sharpton and chanted Floyd’s name.They thanked the numerous activists who turned George Floyd’s name into a rallying cry and called the verdict “victory for many.”Chris Stewart, one of the attorneys representing the family, said they teared up and embraced right after hearing the verdict. “Today, the tears are of pure joy and pure shock because days like this don’t happen. The whole world shouldn’t have to rally to get justice for one man,” Stewart said.Terrence Floyd, another of Floyd’s brothers, described the verdict as “monumental” and said he is grateful and proud of his brother. “I will salute him every day of my life. He showed me how to be strong,” Terrence Floyd said. “He showed me how to be 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.”George Floyd's brother reacts to Chauvin guilty verdictGeorge Floyd's brother reacts to Chauvin guilty verdictGeorge Floyd's brother reacts to Chauvin guilty verdictJUST WATCHEDGeorge Floyd’s brother reacts to Chauvin guilty verdictReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

George Floyd’s brother reacts to Chauvin guilty verdict 03:33Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents the families of Floyd and Daunte Wright, urged people across the country to see the verdict as a sign of hope for the future.”America, let’s pause for a moment. Proclaim this historical moment, not just for the legacy of George Floyd but the legacy of America,” Crump said. “The legacy of trying to make America for all Americans.””Let this be the precedent where we overcome systematic racism and oppression,” Crump added.Outside the courthouse, Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross said she hopes the verdict will lead to further action in other police brutality cases. “We’re finally starting to see. We walked around with eyes wide shut for a long time, so they’re starting to open today, and this is going to be the first in a future of change,” Ross said.Moments before, Ross was embraced by Toshira Garraway, who founded the group Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence and whose son’s father was killed in 2009 deadly encounter with police in St. Paul, Minnesota.”We’ll continue to fight for the rest of them,” said Garraway, referring to several Black men who have died at the hands of police in the area over the years.A man reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd.A man reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA man reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd.Hide Caption 1 of 38People in Houston's Third Ward watch the verdict announcement.People in Houston's Third Ward watch the verdict announcement. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople in Houston’s Third Ward watch the verdict announcement.Hide Caption 2 of 38People celebrate the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.People celebrate the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople celebrate the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 3 of 38Adi Armour cries while watching the verdict being read in Milwaukee.Adi Armour cries while watching the verdict being read in Milwaukee. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictAdi Armour cries while watching the verdict being read in Milwaukee.Hide Caption 4 of 38Money is tossed in the air as people celebrate the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Money is tossed in the air as people celebrate the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictMoney is tossed in the air as people celebrate the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 5 of 38People hug at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.People hug at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople hug at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 6 of 38A band performs at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. A band performs at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA band performs at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Hide Caption 7 of 38George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, wipes his eyes during a post-verdict news conference in Minneapolis on April 20.George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, wipes his eyes during a post-verdict news conference in Minneapolis on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictGeorge Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, wipes his eyes during a post-verdict news conference in Minneapolis on April 20.Hide Caption 8 of 38A crowd gathers at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at  Chauvin's trial in Minneapolis. A crowd gathers at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at  Chauvin's trial in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA crowd gathers at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis. Hide Caption 9 of 38People embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.People embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 10 of 38People celebrate in Minneapolis at the site where George Floyd was killed.People celebrate in Minneapolis at the site where George Floyd was killed. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople celebrate in Minneapolis at the site where George Floyd was killed.Hide Caption 11 of 38People in Minneapolis celebrate the guilty verdict at the intersection of 38th Street & Chicago Avenue -- the site where George Floyd died in May 2020.People in Minneapolis celebrate the guilty verdict at the intersection of 38th Street & Chicago Avenue -- the site where George Floyd died in May 2020. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople in Minneapolis celebrate the guilty verdict at the intersection of 38th Street & Chicago Avenue — the site where George Floyd died in May 2020.Hide Caption 12 of 38London Williams bursts into tears after hearing the verdict in Washington, DC.London Williams bursts into tears after hearing the verdict in Washington, DC. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLondon Williams bursts into tears after hearing the verdict in Washington, DC.Hide Caption 13 of 38CeCe Connery and her daughter Olivia wait for the verdict in Minneapolis.CeCe Connery and her daughter Olivia wait for the verdict in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictCeCe Connery and her daughter Olivia wait for the verdict in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 14 of 38A woman reacts to the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.A woman reacts to the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA woman reacts to the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 15 of 38People raise their fists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.People raise their fists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople raise their fists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.Hide Caption 16 of 38Fireworks are set off at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Fireworks are set off at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictFireworks are set off at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Hide Caption 17 of 38People embrace in front of a mural of George Floyd in Atlanta.People embrace in front of a mural of George Floyd in Atlanta. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople embrace in front of a mural of George Floyd in Atlanta.Hide Caption 18 of 38A demonstrator raises a fist outside a police station in Minneapolis.A demonstrator raises a fist outside a police station in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA demonstrator raises a fist outside a police station in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 19 of 38People listen to the verdict in New York's Times Square.People listen to the verdict in New York's Times Square. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople listen to the verdict in New York’s Times Square.Hide Caption 20 of 38Members of the Congressional Black Caucus listen to the conclusion of the trial from Capitol Hill.Members of the Congressional Black Caucus listen to the conclusion of the trial from Capitol Hill. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictMembers of the Congressional Black Caucus listen to the conclusion of the trial from Capitol Hill.Hide Caption 21 of 38A man raises his fist in George Floyd Square ahead of the verdict announcement on April 20.A man raises his fist in George Floyd Square ahead of the verdict announcement on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA man raises his fist in George Floyd Square ahead of the verdict announcement on April 20.Hide Caption 22 of 38People embrace during a news conference in Minneapolis before the verdict on April 20.People embrace during a news conference in Minneapolis before the verdict on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople embrace during a news conference in Minneapolis before the verdict on April 20.Hide Caption 23 of 38Workers board up businesses near the Hennepin County Government Center on April 20.Workers board up businesses near the Hennepin County Government Center on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictWorkers board up businesses near the Hennepin County Government Center on April 20.Hide Caption 24 of 38The Rev. Al Sharpton leads a prayer alongside Floyd's family members and politicians outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19.The Rev. Al Sharpton leads a prayer alongside Floyd's family members and politicians outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictThe Rev. Al Sharpton leads a prayer alongside Floyd’s family members and politicians outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19.Hide Caption 25 of 38Michael Jones watches closing arguments on his phone outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19.Michael Jones watches closing arguments on his phone outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictMichael Jones watches closing arguments on his phone outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19.Hide Caption 26 of 38Law enforcement and National Guard members stage outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on April 19.Law enforcement and National Guard members stage outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on April 19. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLaw enforcement and National Guard members stage outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on April 19.Hide Caption 27 of 38High school students from across Minneapolis participate in a statewide walkout on April 19. They gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to stand in solidarity against racial injustice and honor the lives of George Floyd and Daunte Wright.High school students from across Minneapolis participate in a statewide walkout on April 19. They gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to stand in solidarity against racial injustice and honor the lives of George Floyd and Daunte Wright. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictHigh school students from across Minneapolis participate in a statewide walkout on April 19. They gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to stand in solidarity against racial injustice and honor the lives of George Floyd and Daunte Wright.Hide Caption 28 of 38People gather for a demonstration on Sunday, April 18, at the site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis.People gather for a demonstration on Sunday, April 18, at the site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople gather for a demonstration on Sunday, April 18, at the site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 29 of 38Demonstrators gather outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in St. Paul, for a rally and march against police brutality on April 18.Demonstrators gather outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in St. Paul, for a rally and march against police brutality on April 18. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictDemonstrators gather outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in St. Paul, for a rally and march against police brutality on April 18.Hide Caption 30 of 38Lightning illuminates the sky above Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on Tuesday, April 6.Lightning illuminates the sky above Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on Tuesday, April 6. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLightning illuminates the sky above Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on Tuesday, April 6.Hide Caption 31 of 38Children walk at a memorial in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 4. The "Say Their Names" symbolic cemetery memorializes Black lives lost at the hands of police.Children walk at a memorial in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 4. The "Say Their Names" symbolic cemetery memorializes Black lives lost at the hands of police. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictChildren walk at a memorial in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 4. The “Say Their Names” symbolic cemetery memorializes Black lives lost at the hands of police.Hide Caption 32 of 38A television inside a Minneapolis restaurant shows the trial on April 1.A television inside a Minneapolis restaurant shows the trial on April 1. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA television inside a Minneapolis restaurant shows the trial on April 1.Hide Caption 33 of 38An activist cries as she listens to testimony outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on March 30.An activist cries as she listens to testimony outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on March 30. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictAn activist cries as she listens to testimony outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on March 30.Hide Caption 34 of 38Locks spelling out George Floyd's name are linked to the fencing set up outside the courthouse on March 30.Locks spelling out George Floyd's name are linked to the fencing set up outside the courthouse on March 30. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLocks spelling out George Floyd’s name are linked to the fencing set up outside the courthouse on March 30.Hide Caption 35 of 38Roland Jackson looks at a television showing the trial while getting some breakfast inside the Cup Foods in Minneapolis on March 29.Roland Jackson looks at a television showing the trial while getting some breakfast inside the Cup Foods in Minneapolis on March 29. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictRoland Jackson looks at a television showing the trial while getting some breakfast inside the Cup Foods in Minneapolis on March 29.Hide Caption 36 of 38Attorney Ben Crump raises a fist as he takes a knee in Minneapolis with George Floyd's brother, Philonise, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Floyd's nephew, Brandon Williams, on March 29.Attorney Ben Crump raises a fist as he takes a knee in Minneapolis with George Floyd's brother, Philonise, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Floyd's nephew, Brandon Williams, on March 29. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictAttorney Ben Crump raises a fist as he takes a knee in Minneapolis with George Floyd’s brother, Philonise, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Floyd’s nephew, Brandon Williams, on March 29.Hide Caption 37 of 38A man changes the number of a sign board at a makeshift memorial for Floyd in Minneapolis on March 10.A man changes the number of a sign board at a makeshift memorial for Floyd in Minneapolis on March 10. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA man changes the number of a sign board at a makeshift memorial for Floyd in Minneapolis on March 10.Hide Caption 38 of 3806 chauvin trial reax 042012 chauvin trial reax 042014 chauvin trial reax 042016 chauvin trial reax 0420 RESTRICTED18 chauvin trial reax 042029 chauvin trial reax 0420 RESTRICTED28 chauvin trial reax 0420 RESTRICTED23 chauvin trial reax 042026 chauvin trial reax 042017 chauvin trial reax 042015 chauvin trial reax 042013 chauvin trial reax 042011 chauvin trial reax 042010 chauvin trial reax 042008 chauvin trial reax 042024 chauvin trial reax 042027 chauvin trial reax 042025 chauvin trial reax 042005 chauvin trial reax 042019 chauvin trial reax 0420 NEW YORK09 chauvin trial reax 042004 chauvin trial reax 042003 chauvin trial reax 0420 RESTRICTED02 chauvin trial reax 0420 RESTRICTED02 chauvin trial reax03 chauvin trial reax04 chauvin trial reax01 chauvin trial reax05 chauvin trial reax06 chauvin trial reax07 chauvin trial reax08 chauvin trial reax10 chauvin trial reax12 chauvin trial reax13 chauvin trial reax14 chauvin trial reax17 chauvin trial reax RESTRICTED16 chauvin trial reaxIn his first remarks following the trial, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison praised the Floyd family members for their grace, class and courage.”Although a verdict alone cannot end their pain, I hope it’s another step on the long path toward healing for them,” Ellison said.He thanked the people who witnessed Floyd’s death, recorded it and testified during the trial.”They stopped and they raised their voices because they knew what they were seeing was wrong,” Ellison said.”They performed simple yet profound acts of courage, they told the truth. And they told the whole world the truth about what they saw,” he added.

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