News April 21, 2021 at 08:48 am

‘GUILTY!!!! As it should be!’- Black Hollywood reacts to Derek Chauvin verdict

Ama Nunoo April 21, 2021 at 08:48 am

April 21, 2021 at 08:48 am | News

Many people around the world are relieved George Floyd got justice as Derek Chauvin is found guilty on all counts. A person holds a poster with George Floyd's likeness during a gathering in Atlanta, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Photo: AP Photo/Ben Gray

A jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has found the 45-year-old guilty on all three counts of murder and manslaughter charges. The counts were second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter of African-American man George Floyd.

Chauvin now faces up to 75 years in prison but will await his sentencing per the adjournment of the court.

Floyd passed away in May last year after Chauvin knelt on his neck for over eight minutes despite repeatedly telling him he couldn’t breathe.

Many have praised Darnella Frazier, the young woman who filmed the harrowing last few seconds of the life of George Floyd risking her own safety and well-being. If not for Fraizer’s footage, we may never have known the truth about Floyd’s murder.

Frazier’s video inspired a global outrage against the killing of Floyd in the streets of Minnesota. The young woman filmed the whole process of Floyd’s arrest and how he was pinned to the ground at the neck by ex-officer Derek Chauvin’s knee for eight minutes and forty-six seconds.

Protests erupted in the US and the world against police brutality spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black Hollywood has stood in solidarity with Floyd’s family since the incident and many took to social media to express their relief for the ‘rightful’ verdict declared on April 20.

Take a look at some of the reactions.

Oprah shared in a statement on Twitter that she’s “relieved—and emotional in ways I didn’t expect.”

“I cried tears of joy as each verdict was read,” she continued, adding that she’s grateful for the jurors and witnesses. “Thank you, God, for real!”

Jamie Foxx went all out on Instagram. He said, “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.”

He continued; “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

“FINALLY! Guilty!!! Of all three counts!! (And judging by his face, shocked.) May this sentence be long, and strong, and change-making. #Precedent. Darnella Frazier, you are a hero. #DerekChauvinGUILTY#DerekChauvinMurderer

— Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) April 20, 2021

GUILTY!!!! As it should be!! Now….Rest In Peace George Floyd. Rest. You and your family have been vindicated. #SayHisName” –Viola Davis

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