On Tuesday, after less than a day of deliberations, the jury in Hennepin County, Minnesota handed down multiple guilty verdicts against former Officer Derek Chauvin, convicting him of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd — and guaranteeing a harsh prison sentence.
In response to the verdict, many legal experts swiftly weighed in on social media. Some of them noted that Chauvin himself appeared shocked he had not gotten away with it, while others noted that this is only one step on a long road to national healing and reform of criminal justice and race relations in the United States.
Guilty on all counts. Right result.— Preet Bharara (@Preet Bharara)1618952838.0
A jury of Derek Chauvin’s peers has spoken. His conduct caused the death of George Floyd and it was murder, deservi… https://t.co/PKSn1kinsU— Barb McQuade (@Barb McQuade)1618953004.0
Chauvin is indeed guilty. But I hope history will also look back on today as one in which we recognized a broader… https://t.co/clY3TrvEpq— Norm Eisen (@Norm Eisen)1618953026.0
Chauvin. Is. Guilty. Because #JusticeMatters— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner)1618952839.0
I'm sure his attorneys prepared him for this moment as soon as they found out that the jury came back with a swift… https://t.co/WW7EwN5uxH— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1618953608.0
https://t.co/vrHJhyjPBY— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal)1618952820.0
Shedding tears for #GeorgeFloyd’s family, for the witnesses and community traumatized by this killing. For those wh… https://t.co/6i77qqgWrC— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1618953352.0
This verdict is a moment of justice for the nation — what we do next is up to us.— Maya Wiley (@Maya Wiley)1618953521.0