Speaking to Radio Clyde on Wednesday morning, Nicola Sturgeon said: “I think you can almost feel – looking at social media – the sigh of relief America felt as if it was just taking a breath again - justice has been done and I think that is something people across the world should welcome.”
However, she added that there is a ‘long way to go’ across the world, including Scotland, to ‘tackle structural systemic racism.’
She added: “That is a battle that all of us need to step up to and prepare to confront.”
The news comes as the jury reached a guilty verdict on Tuesday for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.
He was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.