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US Jewish groups welcome guilty verdict in trial of George Floyd’s cop killer

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as the verdict is read in his trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as the verdict is read in his trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

A host of mainly liberal US Jewish groups have welcomed yesterday’s 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 US.

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

The Jewish Federations of North America tweets 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.”

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