SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Across the county and across the Capital Region, people have been protesting in response to the death of George Floyd, a man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis. News10’s Jamie DeLine was live on the scene in Schenectady, where police joined a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with protestors.
Powerful moments included a crowd of protesters outside of the Schenectady Police Department kneeling alongside officers as cheers erupted from the crowd.
The show of solidarity broke the ice and eased tensions after earlier social media posts had police prepared for potential violence. Demonstrating are calling for an end to police brutality.
Detective Kevin Maloney helped lead the way, walking hand-in-hand with a community member as peaceful protesters followed behind and other officers walked right beside them. At the front entrance of the station, they kneeled once again, and sharing a moment of silence for George Floyd’s family.
Police Chief Clifford says this is a symbolic step in the right direction.
Jamie Tag: They protesters say they are proud of what has been accomplished today, but admit that there is still a long way to go when it comes to ending racism in our county. Reporting in Schenectady, Jamie DeLine News 10 abc.
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