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“Thank You God”: Nation Breathes Sigh of Relief as Derek Chauvin Is Actually Held Accountable for Murdering George Floyd

For an hour on Tuesday, it felt like the entire country stopped what it was doing to collectively wait for the Derek Chauvin verdict to come in. Long used to cops escaping accountability for violence against Black people, the fact that there was literal footage of the former Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, for nine minutes and 29 seconds last May, didn’t seem like it would necessarily be enough to ensure that he would be found guilty of one or any of the charges he faced. But then it actually happened: Second-degree murder: guilty. Third-degree murder: guilty. Second-degree manslaughter: guilty.

Not surprisingly, the reaction was palpable relief, with the phrase “THANK YOU GOD” trending on Twitter:

Also trending: “BAIL REVOKED” and “ROT IN HELL”:

In a sign of how incontrovertible the evidence against Chauvin was, even Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro wholeheartedly agreed with the outcome, saying: “Clearly the verdict is supported by the facts. This case was extremely unusual. I’ve tried many murder cases and I’ve sat as a judge on murder cases. It is rare that you even get a picture of the victim in a murder case other than maybe an autopsy photo. But here we had a living, breathing person that the jury was able to relate to every day, day after day, watching the trauma of what he went through, begging for air, begging to breathe. This was an emotional as well as an intellectual decision, and when I say that, make no mistake, the facts are solid on this verdict—this verdict will be upheld on appeal.”

Still, as Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison said Tuesday afternoon, actual justice would be Black people not having to worry in the first place about being murdered by the police in broad daylight. “I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration,“ he said. “But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice. George Floyd mattered. He mattered because he was a human being and there is no way we can turn away from the reality. This verdict reminds us how hard it is to make enduring change.“

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