Video shows the Floyd family's tearful reaction to Derek Chauvin being found guilty in George Floyd's death

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An image of George Floyd hangs from a necklace worn by a family member after a prayer session outside the Hennepin County Government Center during the closing arguments in the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif TPX
  • Relatives of George Floyd celebrated after Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday in Floyd's death.

  • Chauvin was convicted on all counts: second degree murder, third degree murder, and manslaughter.

  • "This is what we wanted," one family member exclaimed in a video after the verdict was read.

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The family of George Floyd had a tearful reaction after ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges on Tuesday.

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin knelt on his neck for over nine minutes, prompting national and global protests on racial injustice.

Video footage showed Floyd's family cheering and emotionally celebrating as they watched the live broadcast as the verdict was read.

"This is what we wanted," one family member exclaimed.

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"Painfully earned justice has arrived for George Floyd's family and the community here in Minneapolis, but today's verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world," family attorney Ben Crump said in a statement. "Justice for Black America is justice for all of America."

Chauvin's trial began at the end of March, and the prosecution and defense delivered closing arguments on Monday. Jurors began deliberation at about 5 p.m., which lasted just under 10 hours and 30 minutes before the court announced they had reached a verdict.

The three other officers who were at the scene of Floyd's arrest - Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng - have also been charged and will face a separate trial.

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