Former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, which caused a reaction from civil rights activists, politicians and business leaders on Tuesday afternoon.
Former Minneapolis officer was convicted of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter for his action on May 25, 2020, when he knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes even though Floyd told him “I couldn’t breathe,” and bystanders urged him to leave. neck of Negroes. The video of Chauvin pinning Floyd on the pavement went viral and caused months of unrest and anti-racial protests around the world last summer. The whole country stepped in this week while awaiting a ruling in this case, and The National Guard has been deployed throughout Minneapolis in anticipation of judgment.
Tuesday’s guilty verdict has alleviated some of those fears, though some noted that a guilty verdict failed to address the enduring problems of systemic racism and demise. police violence. “We just broke into tears,” Father Al Sharpton told MSNBC as he stood beside Floyd’s brother Rodney Floyd. But he added that “the war is not over yet.”
Organizations such as NAACP and Human Rights Watch also note that the ruling does not change the need to systematically address racism and reform the police.
Earlier, on Tuesday, President Joe Biden told reporters he called Floyd’s family after the jury was split. “I am praying the judgment is the right one. That’s – I think it’s overwhelming from my point of view, ”he said, adding that the Floyd family is calling for” peace and quiet, whatever the verdict. ” He is scheduled to release a statement later in the evening.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” while talking to CBC presses. “For you and for thousands and millions of people around the world who have fought for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice.” She chooses the words of Floyd’s “sacrifice” immediately attracting harsh criticism, with some calling it shocking deaf voice.
She responded by posting a more conservative statement that clarified, “George Floyd should be alive today,” but the ruling showed “he didn’t die in vain.”
Former President Barack Obama said the jury “did the right thing” in a written statement on its official Facebook page.
“But if we are honest with ourselves, we know that real justice is not just a verdict in a single trial,” he said, adding that he and his wife are sending their family prayers. Floyd.
Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Floyd’s family and community deserve Chauvin’s “accountable”. But Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says the ruling introduces accountability, not justice.
Here’s how some celebrities in the business, sports and entertainment industries responded to the ruling:
co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a statement on his Facebook page It read: “Right now I’m thinking of George Floyd, his family and the people who know him. I hope this ruling offers some comfort to them, and for all those who can’t help but see themselves in his story. We unite with you, knowing that this is part of the greater struggle against racism and injustice.
• Facebook CEO and former PayPal CEO David Marcus tweeted: “Justice has been served” and Vivek Ranadive, former CEO of Tibco and owner of Sacramento Kings, tweeted a similar statement say “this judgment should be a model for accountability.”
• SoFi CEO Anthony Noto, a former CEO of Twitter and Goldman Sachs, called the ruling a “relief” as well as a “request for further action.”
• NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA CEO Michele Roberts released a statement saying “we are very happy that justice seems to have been done.”
However, the Major League Baseball Players Association did not mention Chauvin or Floyd in its statement, which stated that they were “committed to performing difficult healing and advancing a civil rights career and fairness and equality according to the law ”.
• The National Hockey League hopes the end of the trial will provide healing opportunities.
Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis said Floyd was vindicated.
Bernice King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, wrote: “Work continues.
Georgia suffrage activist, Stacey Abrams write that, “The evidence of our eyes is finally met by accountability in the eyes of justice.”
Others, such as the poet Amanda Gorman, are sadder than celebrating.