Guilty of All Charges: Thoughts on the Minneapolis jury’s historic vote to find Derek Chauvin Guilty of Murdering George Floyd

Celeste Fremon
Written by Celeste Fremon

There is no one voice that can encompass the many meanings of the verdict handed down at the Hennepin County Courthouse on the afternoon of April 20, 2021.

With this in mind, we have gathered a collection of voices, each expressing a facet, a shard, a seed of the meaning of a Minneapolis jury finding Dereck Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd.

Read on.

Isaac Bryan,Candidate for CA’s 54th Assembly District, Dir of Public Policy
@BuncheUCLA, and Founding Dir @UCLAbpp

Eunisses Hernandez, co-executive direct of La Defensa, a community-based org “dedicated to decarcerating the largest jail population in the US.”

Lalo Acatraz, cartoonista, animation artist, Pulitzer Finalist

Michael Tubbs, youngest mayor in the history of Stockton, CA., now a special adviser for economic mobility and opportunity for Governor Gavin Newsom

Shirley Weber, PhD, California Secretary of State

Sheriff Gregory Tony, first Black sheriff of Broward County

Frank Stoltze, Correspondent with a focus on criminal justice and politics for KPCC 89.3FM Public Radio, LAist,

Valerie Jarrette, former senior advisor to President Barak Obama, author of

Chris Vanderveen, director of reporting for @9NEWS, Denver

Maya Lau, Investigative reporter @latimes


Miriam Krinsky, former federal prosecutor, founder and executive director of Fair and Just Prosecution

Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles City Council Member

George Gascón, LA County District Attorney

Alex Villanueva, Los Angeles County Sheriff

John Kim, executive director The Advancement Project

Yamiche Alcindor, NPR White House correspondant

S.A. Crosby, author of Black Lion King, winner of the 2021 @LATimes
Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller.

Rep. Stacey Plaskett, representing the Virgin Islands in the U.S. Congress

Michele Norris, founding director, The Race Card Project, Columnist at the Washington Post, Former NPR Host.

People’s City Council Los Angeles

Rashad Robinson, president of @ColorOfChange

Jelani Cobb, staff writer, The New Yorker, professor @Columbiajourn

Stacey Abrams, founder of @fairfightaction, @faircount, and @The_SEAP

Equal Justice Initiative

Cerise Castle, journalist, author of the investigative series, A Tradition of Violence: The History of Deputy Gangs in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

Ben Crump, defense attorney, civil rights activist


Editor’s note: The girl’s name is Ma’Khia, her mother says she was 16.

Top photo of post-verdict crowd demonstrating peaceful outside Cup Foods, courtesy of @jelani9 Twitter