George Floyd died 25 May 2020 and former girlfriend Courteney Ross on Tuesday celebrated the guilty verdict for former police officer Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s death.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the verdict was read, Ross said that the rest of the world should know that “change is coming” after Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges.
“Change is coming, so watch out!” Ross said with loud voice. “Change is coming.”
Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder for kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, resulting in his death.
Floyd’s death sparked demonstrations that lasted all summer, and sparked nationwide conversations about police reform in America and also other part of the world.
Courteney Ross told reporters on Tuesday that she was thankful and happy that Floyd’s life is “going to bring change,” and said she “knew the verdict was going to be guilty.”
However, she still emphasized that changes and reforms in police brutality still need to be made to hold police accountable for similar incidents.
“There’s gonna be change in the future, and we still have a lot of reparations to make from the past,” Ross said. “So, cases needed to reopen and we need to re-examine them and we need to hold people accountable, period.”
Ross testified during the trial for the prosecution on the fourth day, speaking tearfully about her relationship with Floyd. They were together for several years until he died on 25 May 2020.
When asked about testifying in the trials for the other police officers involved Floyd’s death, Ross told reporters that she was ready.
“It’s time, it’s time everybody gets held accountable,” she said with loud voice to reporters.