Derek Chauvin guilty in death of George Floyd

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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo thanked the members of his force Tuesday night in a written statement following the guilty verdicts handed down against former officer Derek Chauvin.

“This past year has been difficult and challenging yet they (the police) have continued to show up and serve our community with the respect and dignity they deserve," Arradondo said. "We recognize that our community is hurting, and hearts are heavy with many emotions. However, I have hope."

The police chief -- who testified in the trial that Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd had exceeded the guidelines of police training -- said he respected the decision of the jury. Arradondo also called for any upcoming demonstrations to be peaceful.

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"This is a day of celebration," George Floyd's brother says.

George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd (left) with Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump. CNN

George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd said the guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial was "so much of a relief" after spending night after night awake and concerned about the outcome of the case.

"But today I won't get that time to sleep, because I'm going to stay up and I'm going to celebrate, because this is a day of celebration. I'm happy, man," Philonise Floyd told CNN's Don Lemon.

Floyd said he was panicking and walking back and forth while waiting for the verdict. He said he entered the courtroom 30 minutes before the judge and jury. He said that half hour felt like "an eternity."