The New York State Bar Association announced Monday that it had formed a task force to propose “institutional and cultural reforms” to the criminal justice system in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by police, which has touched off nearly two weeks of protests in New York and around the country.

The state bar said in a statement that Floyd’s death, the latest in a long string of deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement, had exposed “a long history of racism and inequality that continues to plague our nation” and required “bold action” to address “all aspects of the justice system,” from arrests to sentencing to incarceration.

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