On Tuesday afternoon, a jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd.
Last year, Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after video taken by bystanders showed him with his knee on George Floyd's neck during an arrest. Floyd said he could not breathe and pleaded for help, but later died.
Chauvin was also later charged with second-degree unintentional murder.
After the three guilty verdicts were read, many celebrities took to social media to share their thoughts on the outcome of the case.
On Instagram, Viola Davis wrote, "GUILTY!!!! As it should!! Now....rest in peace George Floyd. Rest. You and your family have been vindicated. ❤❤👊🏿 #SayHisName."
Kerry Washington tweeted, “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.”
Octavia Spencer wrote on Instagram, “Hell yeah! Guilty. Not gonna lie was not expecting this. Justice is rolling down like a mighty stream. #chauvinneedsToBeInGenPop.”
Tina Knowles posted on Instagram, "Justice is served! All three counts!!! Praise the Lord!!! Just the Beginning!!! If bad Police faced jail for killing unarmed people , or breaking the law and abusing people they would not do these things. I am not saying under any circumstance that there are not police officers that really try to protect and serve . And I must say that the police that told the truth in this trial and did not protect Derick Chauvin . I commend them and pray that it is the beginning of change . ❤️."
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Today, a jury in Minnesota found former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd.
The verdict is a step forward.
And while nothing can ever bring George Floyd back, this can be a giant step forward on the march towards justice in America.
Today, a jury did the right thing. 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. pic.twitter.com/mihZQHqACV
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. #PoliceReformNOW@NAACP
The jury's verdict delivers accountability for Derek Chauvin, but not justice for George Floyd. Real justice for him and too many others can only happen when we build a nation that fundamentally respects the human dignity of every person. https://t.co/JyJFztQbDu