'We're gonna stay strong': Floyd family reacts to sentence

Some of George Floyd’s family members are calling Derek Chauvin’s 22 1/2-year sentence for murder in his death insufficient, while others are expressing optimism that it would be an impetus for change

George Floyd Officer Trial Family
George Floyd Officer Trial Family

Some of George Floyd s family members on Friday called Derek Chauvin s 22 1/2-year sentence for murder in his death insufficient, while others expressed optimism that it would be an impetus for change.

One of Floyd's brothers, Rodney Floyd, called the sentence a “slap on the wrist.”

“We’ve suffered a life sentence for not having him in our life, and that hurts me to death,” he said.

Another brother, Terrence Floyd said he was “a little leery about the sentencing” until he had a dream in which his father appeared.

“I knew my father was saying, ‘You’re good. he’s good. keep doing what you’re doing. For me, for your brother, for your name,'” he said. “We’re Floyd strong and we’re gonna stay strong.”

Nephew Brandon Williams said the sentence wasn't harsh enough.

“We can’t get George back," he said.

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