‘I Was Just Praying They Would Find Him Guilty’ : NPR

People gather outside Minneapolis’ Hennepin County courthouse on Tuesday before the jury decides to return convictions against former police officer Derek Chauvin. Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images Hide caption

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People gather outside Minneapolis’ Hennepin County courthouse on Tuesday before the jury decides to return convictions against former police officer Derek Chauvin.

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George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd was in the courtroom Tuesday afternoon when Judge Peter Cahill read the three convictions against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

When the first conviction was read, Philonise Floyd’s clasped hands began to shake, according to a reporter in the courtroom. They continued to shiver as Cahill recited the second guilty verdict. The third time, Floyd’s hands shook back and he nodded up and down with his eyes closed, and then he started crying.

“I was just praying that they would find him guilty,” Floyd told reporters after they left the courtroom.

“As African Americans, we usually never get justice,” he said.

Many of George Floyd’s relatives traveling from Texas to Minneapolis took turns sitting in a chair reserved for them during their three-week testimony in the courtroom.

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