Millions of Americans are celebrating justice being served as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all 3 charges for the murder of George Floyd, but Jamie Foxx is also taking a moment to reflect on the sadness of a man’s life that was lost and what the monumental legal moment means for the future.
The “Soul” star took to Instagram moments after the ex-cop was convicted by a jury of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Jamie Foxx is recognizing the sadness that set the foundation for the conviction of Chauvin and expressed his emotions on social media.
“It is a bittersweet moment… I am happy and relieved that the person that did this horrendous thing to you and your family was found guilty… The bitter is that we cannot bring you back,” Foxx wrote while sharing a photo of the late George Floyd.
He added, “The bitter is all of the lives that were affected by what happened to you… all the tears that have been shed… and hearts broken.”
Reflecting on the movement and change that Floyd’s tragic murder sparked around the country, Jamie Foxx wrote:
“But through prayer and faithful people…Today with the announcement of this Verdict gives us some type of hope… hope that we can start righting the wrongs that have been in place for years in this country… rest in power George.”
He continued with a message directed to the late Floyd:
“Know that your words resonated around the whole world… You asking for your mother… You asking for just a bit of air… You asked for dignity…. Today we took a small step towards honoring you and the thousands like u who had Their lives taken senselessly… god bless u and ur family.”
After the verdict was read, L. Chris Stewart, an attorney for the family of George Floyd said the family felt “pure joy and pure shock,” adding that “justice finally came.”
“The whole world should not have to rally to get justice for one man, but that’s what happened,” Stewart said, according to CNN.
He added, “This wasn’t one family’s case. This was the entire world’s case and justice finally came. But it shouldn’t have to be so hard to attain this level of justice in cases like this when we can see with our own eyes the only difference is the color of his skin. That’s the change we all want. That’s outrageous.”