As the three Guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin were read aloud, celebrations began all over the country, starting on social media. Twitter users exploded in celebration of the verdicts that finally brought closure to the family of George Floyd, while also calling for serious police reform in the wake of more deadly violence against Black men even as the Chauvin trial was unfolding.
Most Twitter users focused on the positivity of the verdict. Others reminded their followers what the outcome of the trial means not just for the American justice system, but for Black America and the future of policing. With so much open hostility coming from police as well as being aimed towards them, others gave voice to worries about possible retaliations from the right amid the celebrating.
Helping prove that last point was Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire, who just had to put in his own fetid two cents and ended getting dragged mercilessly for essentially just being Ben Shapiro.
Ben Shapiro getting ratio'd by facts & logic pic.twitter.com/WtazTVlRhi
— Morgan McIntyre (@MorganMMcIntyre) April 20, 2021
— T👻r👻 D🐈⬛bl💀n 🎃🧙🏻♀️ (@taradublinrocks) April 20, 2021
Ben Shapiro shetting his pants over this verdict tells me this country is changing for the better.
— Becky, Baroness of Boo-Bunzy 👻 (@BeckyBunzy) April 20, 2021
Aside from Shapiro trying to pull focus, most of Twitter was treating the Guilty verdicts with the reverence they deserve. Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi elevated the conversation and reminded everyone of what’s at stake.
Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied. pic.twitter.com/mihZQHqACV
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 20, 2021
George Floyd's family and community deserved for his killer to be held accountable.
Today, they got that accountability.
Always and forever, Black lives matter.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 20, 2021
George Floyd should be alive today. His family’s calls for justice for his murder were heard around the world. He did not die in vain. We must make sure other families don't suffer the same racism, violence & pain, and we must enact the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act. https://t.co/tWln9NRg1g
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 20, 2021
For those who champion humanity over inhumanity, the bittersweet moment carried the full weight of history.
'This is the first time in the history of this state that a white police officer has been convicted, let alone convicted of a murder.'
Civil rights campaigner Rev Al Sharpton says 'this gives us the energy to fight on'.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 20, 2021
For a moment, our nation can breathe.
— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) April 20, 2021
— BET (@BET) April 20, 2021
Following the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, St. Louis fast-food worker and Fight for $15 and a Union leader Monique Jamison released the following statement. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/GTeG3ReTGo
— Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) April 20, 2021
With the new energy from the verdicts are the calls to do better going forward and enact legislation to bring real and meaningful change.
We citizens of these United States of America exercise our voices by holding elected officials accountable for the passing of George Floyd Justice and Police Act by the Senate. This is imperative. #UseYourVoice
The work of anti-racism demands that we act, not just react.
— Mary Parker Foundation (@MaryPFoundation) April 20, 2021
Please bring the George Floyd Justice and Police Act as well John Lewis Voting Right bills to the floor and pass with the 50 votes and let VP Harris break the tie. USE YOUR POWER AS MCCONNELL DID THE PAST 12 years. Getting D’s vote wasn’t his concern https://t.co/uKb6kfLk00
— Kathy Anderson (@hatsbykat55) April 20, 2021
The emotion of the moment was palpable when the Floyd family received an incredible phone call from the President and Vice President, who were set to speak to the country on Tuesday evening.
President Biden and VP Harris call the Floyd family after the GUILTY verdict! Thank you @POTUS & @VP for your support! We hope that we can count on you for the police reform we NEED in America! ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/cg4V2D5tlI
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 20, 2021