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Innovation Ohio · April 20, 2021

Desiree Tims Applauds Chauvin Verdict, Calls for Meaningful Police Reform

COLUMBUS — Today, Desiree Tims, President and CEO of Innovation Ohio, released the following statement applauding the guilty verdict for former police officer Derek Chauvin in the 2020 murder of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts.

“There is no verdict that could restore George Floyd’s life, but I’m relieved that his family will at least see his murderer brought to justice. Hopefully this will bring some peace to all who loved Mr. Floyd.

“Today must be the beginning, not the end, of the conversation around police reform. Too many unarmed Black men and women have died at the hands of law enforcement — cell phone videos make it impossible to ignore this reality. 

“Holding bad actors accountable is only step one. We also need to address the causes of these preventable deaths, and implement meaningful changes to prevent them. We can start by passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act through Congress. Let’s get to work.”

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