Fernández and Bailey host community vigil for George Floyd

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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck last year for nine and a half minutes killing him. May 25, 2020 is a day no one will ever forget.

His death sparked rallies, protests and sweeping police reform. In fact, NYC ended qualified immunity for cops and repealed 50-A, which allowed police to shield misconduct records.

But there is still a long way to go in making sure Black and Brown people feel safe when in the presence of law enforcement.

On May 25, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernández and Senator Jamaal Bailey were joined by elected officials, community leaders, clergy members, and advocates as they held a vigil in honor of Floyd.

“George Floyd was not a Bronxite, but his death and the pain felt by his family is all too familiar to us,” Fernandez said. “While the jury in Minneapolis did the right thing by convicting Derek Chauvin, we still have so much to do. It’s not enough to remember how George Floyd died, but we need to make sure no one else is taken from us by law enforcement.”

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