“Thank You God”: Nation Breathes Sigh of Relief as Derek Chauvin Is Actually Held Accountable for Murdering George Floyd
For an hour on Tuesday, it felt like the entire country stopped what it was doing to collectively wait for the Derek Chauvin verdict to come in. Long used to cops escaping accountability for violence against Black people, the fact that there was literal footage of the former Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, for nine minutes and 29 seconds last May, didn’t seem like it would necessarily be enough to ensure that he would be found guilty of one or any of the charges he faced. But then it actually happened: Second-degree murder: guilty. Third-degree murder: guilty. Second-degree manslaughter: guilty.
After deliberating for more than 10 hours, jurors found former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter, Judge Peter Cahill announced Tuesday. https://t.co/e8xmwLSIvL #ChauvinTrial #GeorgeFloyd #ChauvinGuilty pic.twitter.com/GuaDo3iMaY
— KARE 11 (@kare11) April 20, 2021
Not surprisingly, the reaction was palpable relief, with the phrase “THANK YOU GOD” trending on Twitter:
It’s a baby step, but a step nonetheless. Thank you God. pic.twitter.com/1Rw6oviXrn
— Muva 👑 (@Creatively_La) April 20, 2021
it aint OVER. but this is a great first step. thank you God.
— DOR🤴🏿 (@doriannlavonn) April 20, 2021
Justice was served today! Thank you God. My heart is still with George Floyd’s family and friends. We can not let this end here, it is far from over. More work must be done!
— Rodney McLeod (@Rodney_McLeod4) April 20, 2021
this is the face of DEFEAT. thank you god🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/szKNGhLuPc
— onlycoloredsallowed (@halimacccc) April 20, 2021
what an amazing thing to see. rot in hell pic.twitter.com/pZbEj1yHJQ
— cameron²³ (@dnfKitty) April 20, 2021
Derek Chauvin found guilty of all three charges in the murder of George Floyd
THANK YOU GOD
He's going to ROT IN HELL
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) April 20, 2021
You know it's bad when 'BAIL REVOKED' and 'ROT IN HELL' are trending it's immediately clear that it's about a specific person.
George Floyd's life wasn't worth this, but at least this once it's clear that #BlackLivesMatter
I didn't expect Justice, but I dared to hope.
— B. Dave Walters: I Say Words About Things (@BDaveWalters) April 20, 2021
i pray i never do something so terrible that immediately after my verdict people are trending thank you god and bail revoked i hope you rot in hell chauvin pic.twitter.com/OQfLxpkezG
— chichi | vanna’s george ♡ (@luvvrboo) April 20, 2021
In a sign of how incontrovertible the evidence against Chauvin was, even Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro wholeheartedly agreed with the outcome, saying: “Clearly the verdict is supported by the facts. This case was extremely unusual. I’ve tried many murder cases and I’ve sat as a judge on murder cases. It is rare that you even get a picture of the victim in a murder case other than maybe an autopsy photo. But here we had a living, breathing person that the jury was able to relate to every day, day after day, watching the trauma of what he went through, begging for air, begging to breathe. This was an emotional as well as an intellectual decision, and when I say that, make no mistake, the facts are solid on this verdict—this verdict will be upheld on appeal.”
Judge Jeanine Pirro (yes, that Jeanine Pirro): "Clearly the verdict is supported by the facts… make no mistake, the facts are solid on this verdict, this verdict will be held on appeal." pic.twitter.com/AvaKMZxShH
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) April 20, 2021
Still, as Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison said Tuesday afternoon, actual justice would be Black people not having to worry in the first place about being murdered by the police in broad daylight. “I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration,“ he said. “But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice. George Floyd mattered. He mattered because he was a human being and there is no way we can turn away from the reality. This verdict reminds us how hard it is to make enduring change.“
Minnesota AG Keith Ellison on Chauvin's conviction: "The work of our generation is to put unaccountable law enforcement behind us … One conviction, even one like this one, can create powerful openings to shed old practices and reset relationships." pic.twitter.com/AfEt3KZpE5
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 20, 2021
Reminder: Chauvin might’ve gotten off if not for a quick-thinking 17-year-old
Darnella Frazier was just a 17-year-old taking her 9-year-old cousin out for snacks when she stopped and filmed Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 20, 2021
Nancy Pelosi delivers wildly bizarre statement on outcome of the case
I didn’t have a lot of hope, no, but I thought she’d do better than ‘Thank you for getting murdered’. https://t.co/hwDpKK7J33
— Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) April 20, 2021
Chauvin could go to prison for dozens of years