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The most powerful responses to the George Floyd murder trial verdict

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·2-min read
Photo credit: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE - Getty Images
Photo credit: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE - Getty Images

Trigger warning: This article contains descriptions of murder that some readers may find disturbing.

Last night, a 12-member jury in Minnesota took less than a day to reach the decision that former police officer Derek Chauvin was guilty of the second and third-degree murder, and the manslaughter of George Floyd.

Floyd's tragic death took place on 25 May last year, after he was arrested in a convenience store for allegedly using counterfeit notes. The incident escalated and Chauvin, a white police officer, handcuffed Floyd before proceeding to kneel on his neck for almost ten minutes. He lost consciousness and was later pronounced dead. 

Watch: Minneapolis reacts overnight to Derek Chauvin verdict

The murder was captured on camera, and footage was subsequently shared around the world via social media, sparking a wave of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and global protests against racial injustice. The verdict is a landmark result for all who have been calling for an end to police brutality, but has understandably come with mixed emotions for those who are doubtful this will signal the beginning of real and lasting change.

In the wake of Derek Chauvin's guilty charges, we share some of the most powerful responses from political and public figures in the US.

US President, Joe Biden:

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Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris:

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Barack Obama:

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Hillary Clinton:

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Amanda Gorman:

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Oprah Winfrey:

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LeBron James:

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Shonda Rhimes:

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