Stephen Colbert, James Corden and Jimmy Fallon were among the late night television hosts to address the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
The ex-policeman was found guilty of all three charges against him - second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter - after 10 hours of deliberations on Tuesday night (20.04.21) and the high-profile case was the focus of the opening monologues for many of the late night talk show hosts.
In his opening monologue on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert', just after the verdict was announced, Colbert admitted that while "it's hard to celebrate" because a man lost his life, "accountability today is a deterrent for tomorrow" in regards to holding police accountable for their actions.
He said: "Just before the taping of our show today, the verdict was announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin. He was found guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd. After 10 hours of deliberation, a jury in Minneapolis decided that it's illegal for the police to murder people. That Black lives matter.
"It's hard to celebrate, because a man is still dead, but there is a sense of relief that at least this one injustice was not compounded with indifference.
"At least in this case, this man faces accountability. But justice is a far more difficult goal. America still has a problem of over-policing and systemic racism. But hopefully, this is a step towards a future where police being held accountable for their actions isn't headline material. And a hope that accountability today is a deterrent for tomorrow."
Over on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden', the host insisted the "real justice" would be for Floyd to still be alive.
He said: "While we are relieved that some justice has been served, the truth is the real justice will be George Floyd being alive today.
"Real justice would be black Americans not having to live in fear of being stopped by police and killed, and surely that is a verdict that we need to work towards, and that can be the verdict that one day we can celebrate.
"Tonight, everyone here at the show, we are thinking of George Floyd's family, his friends and his loved ones."