Derek Chauvin Trial: Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and NASCAR Cup Series racer Bubba Wallace have reacted on social media following the guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd. “It’s finally happened, now I can’t take it anymore”- Lewis Hamilton on what made him step into the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lewis Hamilton on ‘Black lives matter’
On Tuesday afternoon, a U.S. jury found Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused of Floyd’s murder on a Minneapolis street last year, guilty on three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Floyd, a Black man whose neck was knelt upon by Chauvin for more than nine minutes during his arrest, was pronounced dead about an hour after an ambulance had been called.
Lewis Hamilton has actively been an advocate of diversifying Formula 1, as for long it has been exclusive to white people. At times, it is astonishing to know that he is the first and only black F1 driver in the sport’s history. He has also been vocal about the hate crimes against people of colour and talked about racism in his life sphere. The Briton recently revealed what made him accelerate his stance on the issue and be a part of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. Chauvin, 45, could be sent to prison for decades.
The jury of six white people and six Black or multiracial ones came back with its verdict after about 10 hours of deliberations over two days. Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
His face was obscured by a Covid-19 mask, and little reaction could be seen beyond his eyes darting around the courtroom.
The verdict was read in a courthouse ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire and patrolled by National Guard troops, in a city on edge against another round of unrest — not just because of the Chauvin case but because of the deadly police shooting of a young Black man, Daunte Wright, in a Minneapolis suburb April 11. The jurors identities were kept secret and will not be released until the judge decides it is safe to do so. Three other former Minneapolis officers charged with aiding and abetting murder in Floyd’s death will stand trial in August.
Floyd, 46, died May 25 after being arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill for a pack of cigarettes at a corner market. He panicked, pleaded that he was claustrophobic and struggled with police when they tried to put him in a squad car. They put him on the ground instead.
What Hamilton wrote about the verdict
Speaking on his social media channels on Tuesday evening following the verdict, Hamilton wrote: “JUSTICE for George! The emotions I feel right now are hard to describe. Derek Chauvin has been found guilty. This is the first time that a white officer has been convicted for killing a black man in Minnesota. This is monumental, George’s death is not in vain.
“The result of the Derek Chauvin trial today is the right one. Convicting him of all three charges marks a new dawn in the fight for racial justice.
“This trial was an opportunity for the justice system to hold Derek Chauvin accountable for his actions when he took the life of George Floyd. We can now breathe a collective sigh of relief that the right decision has been met, and that justice has been served.
“Today’s outcome is a sombre victory for George and his family, but it shows that our efforts to promote justice are not in vain. Black voices have been heard and action is happening. When we stand together, we can make a difference.
“But this is just one step on the path towards a more equal society. Since George’s death, so many other Black people have died at the hands of the police and we must ensure the momentum of today continues. The fight isn’t over, and there is more to be done, but we can consider today a glimmer of hope.
“My thoughts and prayers are with George’s family. I hope they will feel a sense of peace from this result. #BlackLivesMatter”
Hollywood reacts to the verdict of George Floyd’s case
Bubba Wallace, the only African-American driver in NASCAR’s premier series, also took to Twitter to voice his reaction: “Justice served on all counts. Good. Still a ton of work to do. Continue to rest peacefully #GeorgeFloyd”
Super model Bella Hadid posted a picture of George Floyd on her Instagram and wrote, “Rest In Peace George Floyd. Thank God for justice and accountability today.”
Watch: How George Floyd’s family reacts to the verdict passed
Late George Floyd’s family finally heaved a sigh of relief as Derek Chauvin is convicted on all three counts in the death of George Floyd. Justice has been served for George Floyd.