Newark mayor discusses protests, city’s reopening

BY Briana Vannozzi, Senior Correspondent |

The city of Newark is all too familiar with civil unrest. Roughly 50 years after deadly riots over race and police brutality broke out the issue still haunts the community. But as protestors took to the streets this week, many were met with a show of police solidarity, and demonstrators expressing emotion and frustration without destruction.

The protests come as Mayor Ras Baraka grapples with a city on the edge of reopening after being devastated by COVID-19. Some say, it could be a defining moment for Newark. Senior Correspondent Briana Vannozzi spoke with Baraka about a city in change.