2 years since George Floyd's killing, activists still seek reforms
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Two years after George Floyd’s was murdered by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, people continue to demand police reform.
But in the Twin Cities, both the NAACP’s Minneapolis chapter and ACLU-MN feel they’ve fallen far short of what they’d hoped for two years ago.
"I don’t think that we’ve even scratched the surface," NAACP Minneapolis president Cynthia Wilson told FOX 9 on Tuesday. "I think there’s been a lot of conversation, people have ideas." But Wilson believes more needs to be done to hold police accountable, "We have to change the mindset of the individuals," Wilson said. "The current policies that are in place were never designed or created to benefit black folks, and we just have to be honest about that."
Wilson is optimistic about President Biden’s expected executive order to reform federal policing on Wednesday… but she wonders how much change that will truly bring.
"The bigger part to it is enforcing it," Wilson explained.
Munira Mohamed is a policy associate with ACLU Minnesota, and she also expected to be closer to real change after two years.
"If you look at what has been done you can see that it’s very much cosmetic, that it’s superficial, that it kind of bites around the edges of police reform without really tackling the root causes," Mohamed finished.