Police reform activists acknowledge changes but say too much is still the same

Activists for years have been pushing policing reform measures, many of which remain stalled

The video captured by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier on that afternoon in Minneapolis one year ago Tuesday — capturing the agonizing scene of Derek Chauvin, his knee pressed into the neck of George Floyd for over nine minutes — could just have changed the world.

But activists in New Jersey who have been working for police reform for years say while much has changed in the 12 months since George Floyd’s death, too much remains the same. Many look at the Legislature, which so far has failed to move on legislation establishing civilian complaint review boards or banning chokeholds or ending qualified immunity.

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