The city of Newark is all too familiar with civil unrest. Roughly 50 years after deadly riots over race and police brutality, the issue still haunts the community. But as people took to Newark’s streets this week to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, many were met with a show of police solidarity, and demonstrators expressing emotion and frustration without destruction.
The protests come as Mayor Ras Baraka grapples with a city on the edge of reopening after being devastated by COVID-19. Some say this could be a defining moment for Newark. Briana Vannozzi of NJTV News spoke with Baraka about a city in change.