Prime Ministers, former presidents, the police, politicians and more have been vocal in their reactions to the news former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin had been convicted of all three charges of murder and manslaughter in the deadly arrest of George Floyd.
Former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle offered their prayers to the Floyd family.
"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."
Former presidential candidate and US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said "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".
Minnesota's governor Tim Walz said today's verdict was an important step forward for justice in the state.
"The trial is over, but our work has only begun. The world watched on May 25, 2020, as George Floyd died with a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
"Thousands of Minnesotans marched in the streets last summer in the wake of his death - inspiring a movement around the globe. While many of these people never met George, they valued his humanity. They knew what happened was wrong. They called for change, and they demanded justice."
I was appalled by the death of George Floyd and welcome this verdict.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 20, 2021
My thoughts tonight are with George Floyd’s family and friends.
“This isn’t justice,” @AOC says in an Instagram live. “Justice is George Floyd going home to his family tonight.”— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 20, 2021
“I don’t want this to be framed as the system working—b/c it’s not working.. It’s really important that this verdict is not used as a replacement for policy change.” pic.twitter.com/SkMoOkDuyu
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
George Floyd’s brother Philonise: ‘I feel relieved today I finally have the opportunity for hopefully getting some sleep … we have to protest because it seems like this is a never-ending cycle … today we are able to breathe again … justice for George means freedom for all’ pic.twitter.com/SacErqB3vd— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 20, 2021
Praying for George Floyd’s family. He should still be alive. And we must continue working to root systemic racism out of our criminal justice system.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 20, 2021