ABC’s Sunny Hostin bursts into tears after Derek Chauvin’s verdict: “This is what justice finally looks like”
View co-host Sunny Hostin did not hold back her feelings in a powerful speech in response to the guilty verdict announced in the Derek Chauvin Trial on Tuesday.
Hostin, who appeared as the network’s senior legal correspondent on ABC News’ coverage of the ruling, noted that “I’ve been an attorney for 27 years” before recalling going into law school in 1992 when the ruling of Rodney King had fared with all four LAPD officers to be acquitted. “I believed my eyes then, so this time I believed my eyes on George Floyd.” As a lawyer, she knew that a quick verdict meant a likely conviction, but “because it is so rare for police officers to be convicted, because black men and black boys in this country are killed by the police with impunity” and “because it’s me am the mother of an 18 year old boy who now lives in South Africa and I feel that he is safer in South Africa than in his own country. I am so relieved that this is what justice looks like for my church. ”
She tearfully added, “While I know this will not bring George Floyd back to his family, at least now I believe that the movement we have seen on video since his murder is not just a moment for the world. I really believe this is a movement that we have seen. And for that I am so grateful that we may see real changes in this country that are urgently needed. “
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty on all three counts in May last year when he murdered George Floyd. This case sparked protests across the country and a revival of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Check out Hostin’s response in full below: