Reactions to verdict in George Floyd murder case

On Tuesday, the jury found former police officer, Derek Chauvin, 45, guilty on all three counts against him: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.


Following the verdict, Judge Peter Cahill revoked his bail. He was then remanded into custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and escorted from the courthouse in handcuffs. This is how the world reacted:


Barack Obama

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"While today’s verdict may have been a necessary step on the road to progress, it was far from a sufficient one. We cannot rest. We will need to follow through with the concrete reforms that will reduce and ultimately eliminate racial bias in our criminal justice system. We will need to redouble efforts to expand economic opportunity for those communities that have been too long marginalised.


And as we continue the fight, we can draw strength from the millions of people — especially young people — who have marched and protested and spoken up over the last year, shining a light on inequity and calling for change. Justice is closer today not simply because of this verdict, but because of their work."


Joe Biden

"No one should be above the law.


Today’s verdict sends that message, but it is not enough. We can’t stop here.

In order to deliver real change and reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this ever occur."


Kamala Harris

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“History will look back and know that this is an inflection moment,” Harris said, adding, “We really do believe that with your leadership and the president that we have in the White House, we are going to make something good come out of this tragedy.


"Today’s verdict brings us a step closer to making equal justice under law a reality. But the verdict will not heal pain that has existed for generations. It will not take away the pain felt by the Floyd family. That’s why we must recommit to fight for equal justice."


Philonise Floyd ( George Floyd's brother)

"Today we are able to breathe again."


Nancy Pelosi

"George Floyd should be alive today. His family’s calls for justice for his murder were heard around the world. He did not die in vain. We must make sure other families don't suffer the same racism, violence & pain, and we must enact the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act."


Kerry Washington

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"A guilty #verdict. But this fight for justice is not over," the Scandal actress wrote on Twitter. "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."


Melinda Gates

"As important as it was, this verdict was not justice. If George Floyd had justice, he would be alive today. But this verdict will, I hope, fuel the faith of everyone who believes that justice is possible.


This is not the end. Let’s insist it is just the beginning."


Sophia Bush

"Guilty on all counts," the actress wrote via Twitter. "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."


Viola Davis

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"GUILTY!!!! As it should be!!" said the Emmy winner. "Now....Rest In Peace George Floyd. Rest. You and your family have been vindicated."


Oprah Winfrey

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"Relieved and emotional in ways I did not 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."


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."

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