“The Muslim community of New Jersey unites in its condemnation of the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmed Arbery, Steven Taylor, and the senseless killings of countless other unarmed and innocent African-Americans,” CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said.
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Protests both locally and across the country have sparked intense debate about police brutality, and the use of force.
This initiative is part of Grewal’s Excellence in Policing initiative, which launched in December of 2019.
Grewal wasn’t the only one to speak up about the need for police reform, as New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was among a number of high-profile Democrats to support the “Justice in Policing Act of 2020.” Booker, along with California Sen. Kamala Harris, sponsored the bill.
The bill would allow use of force only as a last resort, ban chokeholds, prohibit racial and religious profiling, make it easier to hold police accountable for misconduct and eliminate qualified immunity for police officers.
The bill would also ban the use of no-knock warrants, a move that’s already happened in Louisville, as, this week, Breonna’s Law was enacted in the city. The law is named for Breonna Taylor, the black Louisville EMT killed by police in her home on March 13 while officers were carrying-out a no-knock warrant.
Taylor’s death, along with the death of George Floyd, has sparked these intense conversations around reform, and also the nationwide protests.
Floyd, a 46-year old Minneapolis man, died on May 25 with the knee of a white police officer on his neck.
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was captured on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, was initially charged with third-degree murder. That charge has since been elevated to second-degree murder.
The other three officers present at the time of Floyd’s death — Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao — have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, according to court records.
An independent autopsy revealed Floyd’s cause of death to be asphyxia due to sustained forceful pressure. Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson, who performed the autopsy, ruled his death a homicide.
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