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    Derek Chauvin Guilty of Murder, Celebs React

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    Justice is finally served.

    Derek Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of all charges against him after killing George Floyd last May 2020 in Minneapolis. The jury found him guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. Judge Peter Cahill also revoked the former police officer’s bail.

    Many celebrities expressed their thoughts regarding the verdict including Mariah Carey and Cardi B who felt relieved over the news while some believe that there’s still much work to be done with regard to the fight against police brutality in the US. Stacy Abrams, former gubernatorial candidate in Georgia tweeted, “The evidence of our eyes met at last by accountability in the eyes of justice.”

    Activist and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Bernice King, also took to Twitter to share her thoughts, writing, “This is a turning point. Let’s continue to correct everything that stands against love. I can now take a breath. The moral arch of the universe is long, but today it bent toward justice thanks to the millions of people under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter standing up, speaking up and not letting up for humanity … My heart goes out, still, to George Floyd’s family. This verdict matters, but they continue to mourn a grave loss. Love and comfort to his daughter, Gianna.”

    Last summer, Floyd’s murder caused massive protests all over the United States with approximately half a million people taking the street on a day last June while other polls reported around 15 to 16 million participated in the protests weeks after Floyd’s death on May 25.

    Here are some celebrities who took to social media to express their reactions:


    “Thank you Jesus! I’m in tears. May your legacy live on forever. Let’s all remain encouraged as we go on this journey TOGETHER. Never Forgetting This Day.”

    Kerry Washington

    “A guilty #verdict. 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.”

    Lili Reinhart

    “Guilty on all charges. 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.”

    Sophia Bush

    “Guilty on all counts. 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.”

    Justin Timberlake

    “This verdict is just the first step in a long line of injustice against the Black community, often with no consequences. 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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