Celebrities react to Chauvin verdict

Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges

Derek Chauvin
Relief as Derek Chauvin is found guilty. Courtesy NBC

Celebrities have welcomed the guilty verdict delivered yesterday (Tuesday) in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin.

On Tuesday, a 12 member jury reached an all-guilty verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin. The former Minneapolis police officer murdered George Floyd in May of 2020. Floyd was unarmed and struggling to breathe at the time of his death.

Among the celebrities who expressed their relief at the verdict was Oprah Winfrey who wrote on Instagram that she was relieved and brought to tears by the verdict.

“Relieved—and emotional in ways I didn’t expect. I cried tears of joy as each verdict was read. I’m grateful to the witnesses and their testimonies. Grateful to Darnella Frazier. Grateful to every Juror for seeing and acknowledging what the world saw on that tape. Thank you God for real!” She wrote.

Formula One driver Sir Lewis Hamilton also reacted to the verdict tweeting, “JUSTICE for George! The emotions I feel right now are hard to describe. Derek Chauvin has been found guilty. This is the first time that a white officer has been convicted for killing a black man in Minnesota.”

Beyonce also released a statement on her website that read in part, “After too many years of misguided justice, today is a good day.”

America rapper Cardi B also took to Twitter to react to the verdict writing simply, “History.”

The day’s events and what it means for the future of America was neatly summarised by Late night show host Stephen Colbert. Toward the end of his opening statement, Colbert said, “Justice is a far more difficult goal. America still has a problem of over-policing and systemic racism, but hopefully, this is a step toward a future where police being held accountable for their actions isn’t headline material and a hope that accountability is a deterrent for tomorrow.

Today is one stop on a journey that began last May and led to protests calling for that accountability in every town and every city in America. But this is just one stop. There is more work to be done. And it’s work that all of us should be committed to because as Ben Crump, the Floyd family lawyer, reminded us today, justice for Black America is justice for all America.”

Chauvin, 45, was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He faces potentially decades in prison.


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