Wednesday, May 12, 2021

(Times of Israel) A host of mainly liberal U.S. Jewish groups have welcomed the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

Many of the Jewish groups made a point of stating that Chauvin’s conviction is not enough on its own and that much reform is needed to address systemic racism in the U.S.

The Jewish Federations of North America tweeted that “while no guilty verdict can bring George Floyd back, we hope that today’s decision brings some measure of justice, healing, & peace. We know that there is much work to do. Our resolve to address real & legitimate concerns about racial discrimination has never been stronger.”