New Jersey commemorates George Floyd with a new statue.
Today a statue of George Floyd will be unveiled in front of Newark City Hall in New Jersey. The statue honors the life of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody last year. His widely seen death was able to elevate the Black Lives Matter movement and has prompted police reform measures across the country. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia reportedly enacted laws immediately after Floyd’s death. In a normal year, most states would have been out of session in May, but due to the pandemic, states were able to adopt legislation that works within COVID-19-related session delays, through multiple calls for sessions. special events or through bipartisan cooperation. Important laws have also been enacted in 23 states so far in 2021.
For example, in New Jersey, the use of force by an officer toward a civilian is now prohibited, unless it is used as a last resort. There was also the removal of Confederate statues from public parks and controversial names of organizations across the country. The New Jersey event that honors the life of George Floyd relates to June 16, 2021.
“The artwork pays tribute to the life of George Floyd, an African American man who was brutally murdered by a white Minneapolis police officer,” the mayor’s office said in a statement. “Sir. Floyd’s death elevated the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement that has resulted in an international response, including protests, police reform measures and the removal of Confederate statues from public parks and racist names of organizations.”