George Floyd's girlfriend has spoken about her grief following Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict.
Scroll on to hear what she had to say...
Warning: This article contains details that some readers may find upsetting.
Now, it's been a crucial month for America's justice system.
Derek Chauvin's highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse on March 29th.
According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started proceedings by playing the horrifying video of the moment the accused, Derek Chauvin, dug his knee into George Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."
As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins, my thoughts are with the Floyd family and every American impacted by racist p… https://t.co/VS7xyG75Tz— George Takei (@George Takei)1617063128.0
Special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement:
"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."
Many eye-witnesses were brought to the stand to testify and never-before-seen bodycam footage from the events of May 25th was also presented to the jury...
And gave fresh details of the minutes leading up to Floyd's arrest, as well as the moment he was confronted by the police officers.
As reported by BBC News, the court was shown bodycam footage from Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, all of whom are facing aiding and abetting charges.
In the footage, Floyd can be seen sitting behind the wheel of his car, begging the officers not to shoot him.
At one point, one of the officers pulls his gun as Floyd continues to plead with them.
Floyd was visibly very distressed by the presence of the police officers, and can be heard saying:
"Please don't shoot me, please, man… I just lost my mom."
Of course, the footage was utterly chilling to watch...
But things were far from over because, days on from that revelation, the prosecution called an outside expert witness to testify about Floyd's cause of death.
Prosecutors say that Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck contributed to his death...
While Chauvin's defense argued that Floyd's use of illicit drugs and his underlying medical conditions were the key factors.
Well, Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical medicine doctor with forty-five years of experience in the field came and gave his verdict on the matter.
And, as it turns out, he wholeheartedly supported the theory that Floyd was killed as a result of Chauvin's pressure on his neck.
Dr. Tobin confirmed that Floyd died due to a low level of oxygen caused by the combination of being handcuffed in the prone position on the ground...
And Chauvin's left knee on his neck and right knee on his back, compromising his ability to breathe.
"Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen, and this caused damage to his brain that we see, and it also caused a PEA arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop."
The evidence continued to stack up against Chauvin...
And, clearly in panic mode, his defense continued to stress that Floyd had already put himself at risk by swallowing drugs and resisting officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart, raising sufficient doubt that Chauvin should be acquitted.
However, despite his defense's best efforts...
Things didn't go in Chauvin's favor.
On April 20th, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
Breaking News: Derek Chauvin was found guilty of two counts of murder on Tuesday in the death of George Floyd.… https://t.co/CmUIkZTsdq— The New York Times (@The New York Times)1618953907.0
The jury found the former police officer guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Millions from all around the world tuned in to witness the live footage of Judge Peter Cahill reading out Chauvin's guilty verdict.
Chauvin could be seen sitting motionlessly - and somewhat emotionlessly - as the verdicts were read out.
The streets erupted with joy as the news broke...
George Floyd’s family reacts to verdict. ❤️❤️ #ChauvinTrial https://t.co/n0ho5emZWb— Amarnath Amarasingam (@Amarnath Amarasingam)1618964569.0
And emotional footage of George Floyd's family watching from home was shared online, triggering millions of heartfelt messages and responses.
Just moments after the verdict was announced, numerous members of Floyd's family attended a press conference in which they expressed their relief over Chauvin being found guilty.
"Today, we are able to breathe again," one of Floyd's younger brothers, Philonise, said at the conference, just moments after the verdict was read.
"Justice for George means freedom for all."
Tears streamed down his face as he likened Floyd to the 1955 Mississippi lynching victim Emmett Till, except that this time there were cameras around to show the world what happened.
"Say his name!" Floyd's other relatives chanted as they entered the room with their fist raised, the Washington Post reported.
Floyd's grieving girlfriend, Courteney Ross, also spoke after the verdict was announced.
She had testified during Chauvin's trial about her 3-year relationship with him before he was killed.
"I love him with all my heart," she said while surrounded by a small crowd. "And I'd do anything to have him standing next to me again today."
"But I know, I know, he gave his life so this could happen," she said. "And I know that he gave his life so that other people's cases can get reopened, we can re-examine the cases that were closed, we can get justice for people that deserve it."
Her words were met with cheers and a round of applause.
George Floyd's girlfriend, Courteney Ross, reacts to Derek Chauvin being convicted of murder in Minneapolis: "I kn… https://t.co/qEKpDXzARf— Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (@Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs)1618955279.0
You can watch her speech above.
Rest in peace, George Floyd.
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