A little more than a year ago, the world watched in horror as a Minneapolis police officer murdered George Floyd in broad daylight. It was an unspeakable outrage that sparked the greatest protest movement the nation has seen in years. Millions of Americans spoke out, demanding police reform, accountability, and racial and social justice.
Official statistics from last month showed that overall crime increased 22 percent in May 2021 compared to the same period last year — including a 73 percent increase in shootings, and a 98 percent increase in hate crimes. The heartbreaking shooting of 10-year-old Justin Wallace in his own home fueled new fears about an alarming rise in gun violence and violence over the past several months in New York City and across the country.