George Floyd’s family says they think Derek Chauvin had no choice but to plead guilty and expressed ongoing grief over Floyd’s death.
“It’s going to be a long process,” said Rodney Floyd, George Floyd’s brother. “But honestly, hearing what Derek Chauvin said in the courtroom, it’s not exactly what we wanted,” saying he thinks Chauvin pleaded guilty because he had to.
“I’m still feeling the same pain, anger I felt in the beginning, because he could have did this last year, started this on that day,” he said. “So today is the same pain.”
“We’re feeling confident after today,” said Brandon Williams, George Floyd’s nephew, declining to go into detail, citing pending litigation against Chauvin. “The possibility of him getting more time and having to serve more time – that’s a good thing.”
“Today, he had a chance to blow kisses and give air hugs to his family. We can’t do that to our loved one who’s not here," Williams said.
Williams said he doesn't expect an apology from Chauvin, and "I don’t honestly care to have one.”
“I want him to feel the same pain that we felt watching the videos. I want him to feel the same pain that he inflicted on George Floyd,” Williams continued.
George Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, said hearing the guilty plea made him feel like Chauvin "finally ... took accountability.”
“When he was pleading guilty, I know he knows why,” Terrence Floyd said. “The fact still remains that he’s actually going to be in prison and he’s going to do time for what he did, so that’s good enough for me.”
“Everything surprises me from what I seen since the beginning,” said George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd. “He was very nonchalant. He didn’t really say a lot of different things, but when I walked up into this courtroom, and before I even got into the courtroom, you can see an eagle. And that eagle symbolizes freedom, and it’s everywhere in there. The way I look at everything, if you can make federal laws to protect that bird, you can make federal laws to protect people of color.”
Philonise Floyd said the family wanted accountability, but “we can never get justice because we can never get George back.”
He said he is often reminded of the pain of George Floyd’s absence.
“The fact that I lost my brother, my loved one, you know, somebody who I can count on when I was down, it hurts me and that’s something I can never take away, because I cry about it all the time — just knowing that his daughter will never be able to walk down the aisle, she will never have a daddy-daughter dance,” Philonise Floyd said.