It’s news to celebrate. Justice has been served. Celebrities from around the world have come forth to express their emotional reaction and relief at the verdict.
On Tuesday, April 20, the jury found the ex-cop Chauvin, 45, guilty of all three charges against him: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. After the verdict, Judge Peter Cahill decided to revoke the former officer’s bail plea. Chauvin was returned into the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office after the verdict. He was escorted from the courthouse in handcuffs. The former white officer was caught on video pinning a 46-year old black man George Floyd to the ground with his knee last Memorial Day for more than nine minutes. George’s merciless killing was filmed by many people and posted online. The video went viral and set off protests worldwide.
Oprah Winfrey took to Twitter and wrote, “Relieved — and emotional in ways I didn’t expect. 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!”
Beyonce also expressed her relief: “After too many years of misguided justice, today is a good day. I encourage all of us to continue to pray for George Floyd’s family and for all the families who seek justice for their loved ones who are victims of too many years of inequalities.”
Other celebrities, while relieved, also noted that the country’s system still had to go a long way in improving accountability. “The evidence of our eyes met at last by accountability in the eyes of justice,” former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams wrote via Twitter.
Kerry Washington wrote: “This fight for justice is not over.” Poet Amanda Gorman said, “victory would be George Floyd being alive. Every day Black Americans worry if they will be next is another day without justice,” she added.
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