NASW relieved by guilty conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd
NASW issued this message on social media shortly after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts for the murder of George Floyd:
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is relieved justice has been served and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd. We again offer sympathies to his family and friends.
We also again request Congress pass policing reform legislation, and urge the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act reintroduced by social worker Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA). That legislation has already passed the U.S. House. Despite this legal victory, much work remains to be done on the excessive use of force by law enforcement. There is also an urgent need for reform in how police interact with people from communities of color.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.