Utica Police urging people to protest peacefully

Utica Police release statement prior to today's planned protest.

Posted: May 31, 2020 11:32 AM
Updated: May 31, 2020 11:36 AM

Utica, N.Y. - The Utica Police Department has just released a statement regarding this afternoon's planned protest at Oneida Square.

Utica Police Spokesperson Michael Curley says, "The Utica Police Department supports the peaceful protestors today here locally and across the nation for the injustices that they stand for. We ask that the protests today in Utica honor the memory of George Floyd in a peaceful and respectful manner. It is our hope that the City of Utica can can be an example to the state and nation of how the police and protesters can work together to organize a peaceful march for change for a greater good for all. We stand with you."

The event is co-sponsored by Citizen Action and Indivisible Mohawk Valley.

Organizers want to stress this is a peaceful protest to protest what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The group says, "Every person whether white, black, or brown deserves to live in a community where they feel safe."

A march to Oneida Square will begin at 2:30 P.M. the corner of Kemble and James Street.

Those who attend are asked to wear a mask and gloves for social distancing.

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