This story originally appeared on ELLE UK

Almost a year since George Floyd’s death, which sparked mass global protests and calls for justice around the world after we witnessed another Black person killed by a white police officer, the criminal trial into the father-of-one’s death reached a verdict.

On April 20, a jury in Minneapolis found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of Floyd.

The 45-year-old – who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes where Floyd repeatedly called out ‘I can’t breathe’ – was found guilty of three charges, second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Chauvin has not yet been sentenced but according to the BBC, he could be imprisoned for decades.

The verdict was met with relief and jubilation, both in Minneapolis and around the world, as history has shown us on several occasions that police officers rarely face criminal convictions for their actions when a Black person has died in custody. After the verdict was reached, Floyd’s brother Philonise said: ‘Today we can breathe again’, while Floyd’s daughter was seen celebrating on the shoulders of a relative shouting, ‘Daddy changed the world’.

President Joe Biden said the verdict was a ‘giant step towards justice in America’, but added there is still work to be done to dismantle systemic racism in the country.

Here’s how celebrities, including Beyoncé, the Obamas, Kim Kardashian and Mariah Carey reacted to the breaking news that Derek Chauvin was found guilty of George Floyd’s murder: 


LeBron James

Kerry Washington

Amanda Gorman

Barack and Michelle Obama

Kim Kardashian West

Instagram: @kimkardashian

Viola Davis

Katy Perry

Chris Evans

Shonda Rhimes


Stacey Abrahms

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Hillary Clinton

Justin Timberlake

Alyssa Milano

Mariah Carey

Instagram: @mariahcarey