George Floyd’s sister reacts to Derek Chauvin’s sentencing; See her response and what others are saying

Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd, attends a rally and march for the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa) (Christian Monterrosa, Christian Monterrosa)

HOUSTON – George Floyd’s sister has weighed in on the sentencing of Derek Chauvin.

Bridgett Floyd, founder of the George Floyd Memorial Foundation, released this statement after Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years:

“The sentence handed down today to the Minneapolis police officer who killed my brother George Floyd shows that matters of police brutality are finally being taken seriously.  However, we have a long way to go and many changes to make before Black and Brown people finally feel like they are being treated fairly and humanely by law enforcement in this country.

Our focus at the George Floyd Memorial Foundation will now move to building support to ensure that the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act becomes law and brings with it the hope for the substantive change that we need so desperately in this country.

A tear rolls down the cheek of Bridgett Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, as she speaks during a press conference outside the Hennepin County Government Center on March 8, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)
Bridgett Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, speaks during a funeral for Andrew Brown Jr., Monday, May 3, 2021 at Fountain of Life Church in Elizabeth City, N.C. Brown was fatally shot by Pasquotank County Sheriff deputies trying to serve a search warrant. Andrew Brown Jr.'s sons Jha'rod Ferebee, left, and Khalil Ferebee stand on the stage. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Bridgett Floyd habla el domingo 23 de mayo de 2021 durante una marcha por el primer aniversario de la muerte de su hermano George Floyd a manos de la polica, en Minneapolis, Minnesota. (AP Foto/Christian Monterrosa) (Christian Monterrosa)

We will keep George’s memory alive by ensuring high school students and law school students have every opportunity to succeed by providing much-needed scholarships and other financial assistance.  We will honor George’s commitment to those less fortunate by providing acts of service and support in communities around the country.

These efforts will take resources, however, so we will continue to work to secure financial commitments from many of the corporate entities who were so vocal about providing support for racial diversity and equality following my brother’s death.

Our work at the George Floyd Memorial Foundation has only just begun because the fight for justice is far from over.”

Here are some of the reactions that caught our attention on social media since the sentencing in Minneapolis:

What did you think about the sentence? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.