Reactions have poured out of Hollywood on Tuesday (April 20) after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of killing George Floyd after kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes.
Chauvin was led out of Hennepin County Courthouse in handcuffs and faces up to 40 years in prison after the jury reached unanimous guilty verdicts on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Stars and creators from film and TV took to Twitter after Judge Peter A. Cahill read out the verdicts.
Oscar nominee and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star Viola Davis wrote, “GUILTY!!!! As it should be!! Now….Rest In Peace George Floyd. Rest. You and your family have been vindicated.”
“A guilty #verdict,” said Kerry Washington, whose starring roles include Little Fires Everywhere and Scandal. “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.”
“This verdict does not bring back Mr. Floyd,” wrote showrunner and producer Shonda Rhimes. “But justice is truth.”
Ava DuVernay, directed for 13TH and Selma, simply wrote, “3!”
“Justice. Sending love to George Floyd’s family and friends,” wrote Chris Evans, one of the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Chauvin has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced in two months’ time.
Floyd died on May 25, 2020. His killing and the deaths of other black people at the hands of police like Breonna Taylor sparked a wave of global protests.