The verdict reverberated throughout the US, much of which saw large-scale demonstrations in the wake of Floyd’s death in May 2020. Footage of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes ignited weeks of protests — as well as looting and unrest — and refueled national conversations around policing and racial bias in the US.”This is a huge day for the world,” Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross told reporters outside the courthouse Tuesday. “We walked around with eyes wide shut for a long time, so they’re starting to open today, and this is going to be the first in a future of change.”In a statement, the Floyd family described the verdict as “painfully earned justice.” It added: “This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state.”Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz lauded the verdict, although he reiterated that there is much more to do in enacting change for the Black community in his state.Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter. Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines recommend about 12.5 years in prison for each murder charge and about four years for the manslaughter charge. In this case, the state has asked for a tougher sentence than the recommendations provide. Chauvin’s sentencing is set for eight weeks from now.