Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted that the verdict was an important step forward for justice in Minnesota.
"No verdict can bring George back, and my heart is with his family as they continue to grieve his loss," he wrote in part. "Minnesota mourns with you, and we promise the pursuit of justice for George does not end today."
The reaction from celebrities -- many of whom attended protests against police brutality and systemic racism following the death of Floyd last May -- was swift. On her website, Beyoncé wrote, "After too many years of misguided justice, today is a good day. I encourage all of us to continue to pray for George Floyd's family and for all the families who seek justice for their loved ones who are victims of too many years of inequalities."
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
This verdict is just the first step in a long line of injustice against the Black community, often with no consequences. The work is not nearly done. While there are many more families waiting for justice, my heart is with George Floyd’s family right now. #PoliceReformNOW@NAACP
A guilty #verdict. 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.
Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Thank god. Thank you to the jurors for doing their job and helping to enact some semblance of justice in this case. Praying for George Floyd and his loved ones. #BlackLivesMatter
Choke holds must be banned - Tazers/ use of deadly force Demilitarize police Police must obey the law - they break it - go away. The connected & the powerful must face justice / Today a good day But it’s a symbol of the beginning of justice let’s make it a great wave -.
Chauvin's trial lasted 13 days at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis and closing arguments were delivered on April 19. The trial had emotional testimony, including from Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who testified that Chauvin's actions violated Minneapolis police policy. Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, also took the stand and cried when he described his brother's "one of a kind" relationship with their late mother. Floyd cried out for his mother during the final moments of his life.
In April, Floyd's family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, revealed during his appearance on The View that George Clooney emailed him while watching Chauvin's murder trial and gave him his blunt two cents. Watch the video below for more.