Celebrities are reacting to the verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty Tuesday on all counts in the murder of George Floyd last May.
Chauvin, 45, was charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The former officer, who is white, was seen on video pinning Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, to the ground with his knee last Memorial Day for over nine minutes.
Cell phone video of the incident went viral, sparking nationwide protests and riots from people calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism.
Celebrities took to Twitter to voice their approval of the jury’s decision.
“A beginning,” wrote Mariah Carey. “a small grain of hope for our future.”
“Thank you Jesus!” tweeted Ciara. “I’m in tears. May your legacy live on forever”
Whoopi Goldberg wrote that “no one wins.”
“George Floyd is still gone..and finally someone was responsible… Derek Chauvin,” she continued.
Shonda Rhimes also had a more somber reaction, writing, “This verdict does not bring back Mr Floyd. But justice is truth.”
Kerry Washington wrote that “this fight for justice is not over.”
“We have a lot of work to do,” she continued. “There is more fight ahead of us. But RIGHT NOW please take CARE of yourself. And let’s take care of each other. Prayers and love to the family of #GeorgeFloyd.”
Former “Bachelor” star Matt James wrote that “justice would be Mr. George Floyd alive.”
“This is about accountability,” he added.
“GUILTY!!!! As it should be!!” wrote Viola Davis. “Now….Rest In Peace George Floyd. Rest. You and your family have been vindicated.”
Former President Barack Obama wrote that the jury “did the right thing.” In a joint statement with former first lady Michelle Obama, the couple said that “true justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day.”
“Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, in the hopes that they may find peace,” they continued.
Amanda Gorman wrote that “victory would be George Floyd being alive.”
“Every day Black Americans worry if they will be next is another day without justice,” she added.
Chris Evans wrote that he’s “sending love to George Floyd’s family and friends.”
Charisma Carpenter tweeted “a collective sigh of relief.”
“8 minutes 46 seconds a life gone forever,” wrote Tamron Hall, referencing the length of the viral video. “today justice”
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“THANK GOD,” Cher tweeted. “OH HAPPY DAY”
Elizabeth Banks also expressed gratitude, writing, “Thank you to the jurors.”
The former Democratic presidential nominee and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote that Floyd’s family and community “deserved for his killer to be held accountable.”
“Today, they got that accountability,” she continued. “Always and forever, Black lives matter.”
Sophia Bush described the verdict as “accountability,” but added that “justice will take far more work, and far greater change.”
“Prayers up to the family,” she continued. “Gratitude to the activists on the ground who have put everything into moving the needle more and more toward progress.”
“Justice,” wrote George Takei. “The moral arc of the universe has finally bent toward it.”
Billy Porter tweeted, “LOCK! HIM! UP!”
“THANK GOD!!” wrote LeAnn Rimes.
“Thank you God!” wrote Patricia Arquette. “Thank you jurors. Thank you witnesses for the prosecution. Love to the Floyd family.”
“May justice heal our nation,” wrote Meghan McCain.
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Contributing: Grace Hauck, N’dea Yancey-Bragg, Tami Abdollah, Kevin McCoy, Eric Ferkenhoff