Attorney Ben Crump, family of George Floyd and other local leaders react to decision to indict former officers involved in Floyd’s arrest and death

Rodney Floyd speaks during a news conference he and local leaders spoke about hope for change in the nation.
Rodney Floyd speaks during a news conference he and local leaders spoke about hope for change in the nation. (KPRC 2)

HOUSTON – Attorney Ben Crump, the family of George Floyd, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Congressman Al Green held a news conference Saturday morning where they spoke about hope for change in the nation.

The news conference comes just one day after a federal grand jury indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air.

Crump, Jackson Lee and Green all echoed the same sentiment that the decision to indict speaks to major change coming to the nation. They all agreed that the action sent a powerful message and showed that justice is coming and changes are happening that will help minorities, especially Black people.

“The winds of change are blowing across this country,” Green said. “And with these winds of change, we now have a justice department that understands that it doesn’t end at the state level. The Justice Department can pick these cases up and let us have complete justice ... We want justice for George Floyd, but we also want justice for all of those who are potential George Floyds.”

George Floyd’s brother, Rodney Floyd said the news of the indictment brought a smile to his and the family’s faces.

“...We’re going to keep on fighting for our people, for equality,” Floyd said.

Watch the full news conference below:


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