After the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was announced, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed her gratitude for "justice" - by thanking George Floyd for "sacrificing" his life. In the video, Floyd could be heard repeatedly saying, "I can't breathe".
Many of Floyd's loved ones emphasized the importance of the moment in the arc of history - Philonise called Emmett Till, a boy lynched in MS in 1955, "the first George Floyd" - and stressed that they want to make the world a better place for young people, like Floyd's daughter Gianna, who was at the news conference.
"I'm not just fighting for George anymore", he said.
"I was not at all comfortable that the verdict would come out as a verdict of justice despite the fact that all the evidence was there", he said, noting that this was borne out of a lack of confidence that America would have delivered justice for Floyd, a black man. The confrontation was captured on camera and prompted global racial justice protests, including thunderous rallies in Calgary.
"The entire nation saw the tragic murder of George Floyd on television", she said. The way he was murdered was awful! Credit: APProtesters celebrate in the street in Minneapolis.
Rodney Johnson, 65, a Navy veteran, had been glued to the TV coverage over the course of the three-week trial before heading out to Black Lives Matter Plaza following the verdict.
"I'm exhausted of seeing unarmed Black men be killed".
In Houston's Third Ward, a historically Black neighbourhood where Floyd grew up, James Walker, 39, called the verdict bittersweet. History is filled with martyrs that draw people's attention to injustice.
James Allen, 68, another Black activist and president of Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference, said he had no doubt that Chauvin would be found guilty.
"I don't have any sense of satisfaction", he said.
Jones praised the young woman who filmed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck, as well as other trial witnesses, for "doing the right thing" and called on Congress to take action by banning chokeholds and establishing a national police registry for cops like Chauvin.
During two separate events, on March 8 and March 27, police made misdemeanor arrests of protesters. He says he's somewhat relieved by Tuesday's verdict, but it doesn't mean that there isn't still work that needs to be done.
Law enforcement in many cities had prepared for unrest.
In an interview with the local Star Tribune newspaper in June past year, the police spokesperson who penned the statement defended the initial police characterisation of the fatal incident.
Police Chief Harold Medina said that in Albuquerque, "we often come short when it comes to practicing what we preach" with racial justice.
One person said that Chauvin was now on the Governor's Naughty List after already being on Santa's Naughty List.
But both were put into the department's written policy past year for the benefit of both the public and officers.
In overwhelmingly white Vashon Island off Seattle, resident Karen Oneil watched the verdict with her handmade sign half painted. Today's verdict sends that message, but it is not enough.
When she headed to the island's quaint downtown to wave it, the white paint reading "Hope Begins" was still wet.
"But it still underlines that there's an bad lot of work to do", he added.