(WSYM) — A jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin is facing second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in Floyd's death.
Jurors began deliberation Monday evening for about four hours, then continued deliberation early Tuesday.
State and local elected officials have weighed in on the trial, offering their input following the announcement of the verdict.
Photos of reaction across the country after the jury verdict is announced; Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd: https://t.co/dfVab35PIW— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) April 20, 2021
📷 Associated Press pic.twitter.com/jIlegxBUzX
A peaceful demonstration, some saying they were brought to tears as they heard the verdict read and each juror verbally confirm the verdict. Also ... saying there is more work to be done @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/0UqRILfcvu— Jennifer Ann Wilson (@JennaWils) April 20, 2021
Last year, millions of people around the world spoke with a collective voice when we said Black Lives Matter. Together, we will continue tackling the deep-rooted, structural racism and inequity present in our institutions and faced by Black Americans every day.— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) April 20, 2021
Today, justice was served for George Floyd and his family. As a Black man in America, I have felt the sting of racism and injustice personally, and too many of our brothers and sisters know the visceral pain and exhaustion that communities of color face every day.— Garlin Gilchrist II (@LtGovGilchrist) April 20, 2021
Oh, that George Floyd were still alive.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 20, 2021
But I’m thankful for accountability.
The work continues.
Justice is a continuum.
And America must bend with the moral arc of the universe, which bends toward justice.
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
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans
"The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is, I hope, a turning point for our country and for policing in our country. As both a career law enforcement officer and a Black man, the video of the killing of George Floyd was difficult to watch. It was even more painful to witness people claim that what we all saw didn’t really happen.
The jury today made clear with this verdict that this was exactly what we knew it was.
George Floyd was murdered. George Floyd did not deserve to die that day. George Floyd did not deserve to be treated with violence and disrespect by officers whose job it is to serve—not occupy—our communities.
Too often and for too long, People of Color, especially Black men, have been expected to accept police violence as a part of life. This verdict makes clear that police violence is not acceptable. It makes clear that Black lives do matter. Let us build on this moment of justice delivered toward a fairer, more equitable society for all."
While the guilty verdicts in the trial seeking justice for George Floyd are a step in the fight against bias and injustice, we must remain determined to drive meaningful, deliberate change on a broad scale.— Mary Barra (@mtbarra) April 20, 2021
I'm thankful for George Floyd’s family that justice was served— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 20, 2021
America was forever changed by the video of Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd
However, a guilty verdict doesn’t mean the persistent problem of police misconduct is solved
We'll keep working for meaningful change pic.twitter.com/2jV6xojgjp
Justice is George Floyd still being alive today. But today's verdict is one small step toward accountability. I hope it brings some measure of peace to George Floyd’s family. #BlackLivesMatter , today and always.— Brenda Lawrence (@RepLawrence) April 20, 2021
Guilty. Justice served.— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) April 20, 2021
Today’s verdict sent a message that this country, including many police officials who testified at the trial, will not tolerate the type of treatment that Blacks and other people of color too often receive from police in too many cities.— Mayor Mike Duggan (@MayorMikeDuggan) April 20, 2021