Oprah on Chauvin verdict: ‘I cried tears of joy’
Oprah Winfrey revealed that she “cried tears of joy” after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd.
“Relieved—and emotional in ways I didn’t expect. I cried tears of joy as each verdict was read,” Winfrey shared in a statement on social media.
“I’m grateful to the witnesses and their testimonies. Grateful to Darnella Frazier. Grateful to every Juror for seeing and acknowledging what the world saw on that tape. Thank you God for real!” she continued, referring to Frazier, the teenager who filmed the viral, graphic footage of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest last year.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 20, 2021
Chauvin’s verdict was read late Tuesday afternoon in court in downtown Minneapolis. He was found guilty on all three of the criminal counts he was facing, including second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
A slate of other celebrities took to social media to praise the conviction this week.
“Rest in Peace George Floyd. Rest. You and your family have been vindicated,” actress Viola Davis shared.
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 20, 2021
Musician Mariah Carey shared “A beginning.. a small grain of hope for our future.”
A beginning.. a small grain of hope for our future.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 20, 2021
“This last hour my heart was beating so fast, I was so anxious, anxiety bussing through the roof. But to know GUILTY ON ALL 3 CHARGES !!! THANK YOU GOD THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU,” she shared.