Celebrities react following George Floyd's murder trial verdict

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

A jury has found Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd, guilty on three counts against him: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Following the guilty verdict, Judge Peter Cahill revoked Chauvin's bail, he was then remanded into custody and escorted from the courthouse in handcuffs. 

George Floyd's memorial in Brooklyn
Celebrities have reacted after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of George Floyd's murder after video of him kneeling on Floyd's neck went viral last year. Photo: Getty

Judge Cahill says the sentencing hearings will likely take place in about two months with the New York Times reporting the recommended sentence for each charge for someone with no previous criminal history is 12.5 years, however, maximum sentences vary. 

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Floyd's shocking death was the catalyst for worldwide protests and furthered the Black Lives Matter movement with an estimated 26 million people taking part in demonstrations in the weeks following.

Celebrities have reacted to the news, mostly with relief, but also with many suggesting there is still much work to be done when it comes to police brutality and this guilty verdict is a small win. 

worldwide protests and furthered the Black Lives Matter movement
Floyd's shocking death was the catalyst for worldwide protests and furthered the Black Lives Matter movement. Photo: Getty

"Relieved - and emotional in ways I didn't expect," Oprah Winfrey wrote in a statement shared to Twitter. "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!"

"Today, a jury did the right thing," Barack Obama also said in a statement. "But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied." 

"Hallelujah!" Mariah Carey tweeted. "A beginning... a small grain of hope for our future."

"Thank you Jesus! I'm in tears. May your legacy live on forever," Ciara wrote. "Let's all remain encouraged as we go on this journey TOGETHER. Never Forgetting This Day."

Oprah shared a statement
Oprah shared that she had cried tears of joy following the verdict. Photo: Getty

"Rest in JUSTICE George Floyd," Katy Perry tweeted.

"A guilty #verdict," Kerry Washington said. "But this fight for justice is not over. We have a lot of work to do. 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."

"Guilty on all charges," Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart said. "I am holding back tears on set. This is so incredible and I pray a step in the right direction for all racial injustices in this country."

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington said the "fight for justice is not over". Photo: Getty

"Justice would be Mr. George Floyd alive - this is about accountability," Bachelor star Matt James wrote. "The marathon continues."

"The fact that I was holding my breath on that verdict with ALL the evidence of guilt says how far we have to go," Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause added. "But so grateful for this win for justice."

"Justice," Chris Evans wrote. "Sending love to George Floyd’s family and friends."

"Guilty on all counts," Sophia Bush tweeted. "Accountability, finally. But justice will take far more work, and far greater change. Prayers up to the family. Gratitude to the activists on the ground who have put everything into moving the needle more and more toward progress."

"This verdict is just the first step in a long line of injustice against the Black community, often with no consequences," Justin Timberlake said. "The work is not nearly done. While there are many more families waiting for justice, my heart is with George Floyd’s family right now."

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