Police and protesters set positive example following peaceful rally in Utica

The community is commending law enforcement and protesters for ensuring a safe and peaceful protest over the weekend.

Posted: Jun 1, 2020 7:20 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2020 7:31 PM

UTICA, N.Y. ---The community is commending law enforcement and protesters for ensuring a safe and peaceful protest over the weekend.

Utica added the city to the list of protests happening across the country in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Over the weekend, some protests turning to violence including here in Upstate New York in cities such as Syracuse and Rochester. Utica police said at first they were concerned about that happening in the city.

So we certainly monitored the incidents that took place in the upstate cities such as Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo. We had plans for it we certainly had a reserve force ready to go," said Curley.

Thankfully the police department didn't need to use them. Law enforcement officers from the Utica Police Department and the Oneida County Sheriff's Office could be seen supporting the protesters. Organizers Yadana Oo said she was happy to see officer supporting their local community.

"I think it was really great for them to show their support. I think they also want us to work together. I think it showed all of us believe in the same thing, which is justice," said Oo.

Sgt. Curley told NEWSChannel 2 that organizers have not told them about any future protests happening in the near future, but asked if they do happen, they remain peaceful.

Curley added that the department has an open-door policy and would be happy to listen to the communities' concerns and work together on how they can make the area better for everybody.

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