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Stars react to George Floyd verdict

Celebritie­s celebrate the guilty verdict but have also asked for police reform

- By Bindu Rai Entertainm­ent Editor

Hollywood is crying justice following the verdict handed down in the George Floyd case where former Minneapoli­s police officer Derek Chauvin who was found guilty of killing Floyd after kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes.

On Tuesday, a jury convicted the disgraced officer for killing Floyd last May during an arrest. He was found guilty on 2nd degree unintentio­nal murder, 3rd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaught­er. The incident, which had set off a wave of protests across the world has been celebrated by celebritie­s.

Oscar nominee and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star Viola Davis wrote, “GUILTY !!!! As it should be!! Now…. Rest In Peace George Floyd. Rest. You and your family have been vindicated.”

“A guilty #verdict,” said Kerry Washington, whose starring roles include ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ and ‘Scandal’. “But this fight for justice is not over. We have a lot of work to do. There is more fight ahead of us. But RIGHT NOW please take CARE of yourself. And let’s take care of each other. Prayers and love to the family of #GeorgeFloy­d.”

“This verdict does not bring back Mr. Floyd,” wrote showrunner and producer Shonda Rhimes. “But justice is truth.”

“Justice. Sending love to George Floyd’s family and friends,” wrote Chris Evans, one of the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Whoopi Goldberg tweeted, “Guilty Guilty Guilty… No one wins.. George Floyd is still gone.. and finally someone was responsibl­e… Derek Chauvin.”

 ?? Photos by AP, Reuters, Gulf News Archive and courtesy of Netflix ?? Kerry Washington.
Chris Evans.
Photos by AP, Reuters, Gulf News Archive and courtesy of Netflix Kerry Washington. Chris Evans.

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