With the news that Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts of murder in the death of George Floyd in May 2020, celebrities took to their social media accounts to share their celebrations and thoughts on the justice served.
As we earlier reported, Chauvin was convicted on all three charges by a jury in the Hennepin County court. The 12 jurors found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Jamie Foxx captioned his Instagram post: It is a bittersweet moment… I am happy and relieved that the person that did this horrendous thing to you and your family was found guilty… The bitter is that we cannot bring you back… The bitter is all of the lives that were affected by what happened to you… all the tears that have been shed… and hearts broken…But through prayer and faithful people…Today with the announcement of this Verdict gives us some type of hope… hope that we can start righting the wrongs that have been in place for years in this country… rest in power George… And know that your words resonated around the whole world… You asking for your mother… You asking for just a bit of air… You asked for dignity…. Today we took a small step towards honoring you and the thousands like u who had Their lives taken senselessly… god bless u and ur family. And god bless us all. #hope #justiceforgeorgefloyd
Meek Mill posted an illustration of Floyd, writing: You have to literally get killed on camera to get a chance at justice as a black man in America …..I salute you black king rest in power!!
Taraji P. Henson captioned a photo of George Floyd with his child: This isn’t justice, this isn’t a wake up call, this is ACCOUNTABILITY. George Floyd should be alive today—period. This verdict is just the beginning. May he rest in power. 🙏🏾
Viola Davis posted a painting of George Floyd, captioning: GUILTY!!!! As it should!! Now….rest in peace George Floyd. Rest. You and your family have been vindicated. ❤❤👊🏿 #SayHisName
Snoop Dogg, Megan Thee Stallion and Pharrell, among others, also weighed in.
The maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is imprisonment of not more than 40 years. The maximum sentence for third-degree murder is imprisonment of not more than 25 years. The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years and/or $20,000.