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Community gathers for peaceful protest in Rome

Protesters peacefully gathered outside of the Rome Police Department Monday afternoon to protest police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Posted: Jun 1, 2020 6:34 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2020 10:50 PM

ROME, N.Y. – Protesters peacefully gathered outside of the Rome Police Department Monday afternoon to protest police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Chants of “black lives matter” could be heard while many sat on the sidewalk outside of the station holding signs reading “BLM” and “No justice, no peace.”

Organizer Toni Buzhardt says this is an example of people coming together to push for change without inciting violence.

“The message that we’re conveying today is a message of peace, a message of awareness, a message of a public stance to longer take the brutality that’s being done across the United States,” she said. “We stand here in Rome, N.Y., we are standing with our police officers, we are standing with our city, we are standing with everybody.”

Buzhardt says peaceful protests with a positive message can make a difference, saying, “there’s going to definitely be change from this -- in our city, across all cities – it’s going to be a positive change.”

The protest started at 4 p.m.

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