Stars including Mariah Carey, Chris Evans and Kerry Washington have welcomed a guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd.
Chauvin, 45, was convicted of murder and manslaughter after pinning Floyd, 46, to the ground with his knee in Minneapolis last year.
The incident was caught on camera and the harrowing video triggered a racial justice movement across the US that quickly spread to the rest of the world.
A beginning.. a small grain of hope for our future.— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 20, 2021
After Chauvin was found guilty on all charges – second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – on Tuesday, Hollywood figures were among those welcoming the verdict, while also warning more work was needed to fight racism.
Chart-topping singer Carey tweeted “Hallelujah!!!!!!!!” in response to the news, before adding: “A beginning.. a small grain of hope for our future.”
Evans, an actor best known for playing Captain America in the Marvel films, said: “Justice. Sending love to George Floyd’s family and friends.”
Justice. Sending love to George Floyd’s family and friends.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 20, 2021
Scandal actor Washington wrote: “A guilty #verdict. 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.”
Euphoria actress Zendaya posted a picture of Floyd to her Instagram.
Singer Justin Timberlake said the verdict represented “the first step in a long line of injustice against the Black community, often with no consequences”.
He added: “The work is not nearly done. While there are many more families waiting for justice, my heart is with George Floyd’s family right now.”
British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton also shared his reaction, describing the verdict as “monumental”.
JUSTICE for George! The emotions I feel right now are hard to describe. Derek Chauvin has been found guilty. This is the first time that a white officer has been convicted for killing a black man in Minnesota. This is monumental, George’s death is not in vein. pic.twitter.com/m6FrqdGljP— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 20, 2021
He added: “But this is just one step on the path towards a more equal society. Since George’s death, so many other Black people have died at the hands of the police and we must ensure the momentum of today continues. The fight isn’t over, and there is more to be done.”
Pop star Mandy Moore also said she was praying for Floyd’s family. She tweeted: “Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Thank god. Thank you to the jurors for doing their job and helping to enact some semblance of justice in this case.”
Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Thank god. Thank you to the jurors for doing their job and helping to enact some semblance of justice in this case. Praying for George Floyd and his loved ones. #BlackLivesMatter— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) April 20, 2021
Hawaii Five-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim, who has been widely praised for his work condemning a spike in violence against the Asian community in the US, said: “Today is a day we will all remember. Prayers for George Floyd and his family.”
Poet Amanda Gorman, who rose to international attention following her address during Joe Biden’s inauguration, said: “A reminder that victory would be George Floyd being alive. Every day Black Americans worry if they will be next is another day without justice.”
Singer-songwriter Finneas, the brother of Billie Eilish, said: “Rest in Peace George Floyd.”
And Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan tweeted: “Thank God. #BlackLivesMatter.”