Schenectady Police take a knee alongside demonstrators

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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.

  • Schenectady police and demonstrators raising fists
  • Solidarity: Schenectady police and demonstrators walking hand in hand
  • Solidarity: Schenectady police and demonstrators hug.
  • Solidarity: Schenectady police and demonstrators shake hands

“They asked us all to take a knee and I said, I don’t know if my officers will or not, because they are scattered throughout, but when we all took a knee they did too and I think that was the ice breaker right there.”

Eric Clifford
Schenectady Chief of police

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.

“What you saw here today, should be an example for the nation! every city across this nation should be taking notice to see what it looks like when young people come together and demand accountability.”

Dammoni Farley, Schenectady protester

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.

“We want to thank the cops for walking with us, showing support and that they are with us and that they understand what we are expressing to them and they see that our lives do matter.”

Legacy Casanova, Schenectady Protester

Police Chief Clifford says this is a symbolic step in the right direction.

This should be the model going forward. Let’s communicate better, let’s talk. I want everyone to know that I’m here to listen. I know my officers are here to listen. We don’t condone what happened in Minneapolis. We know that it won’t happen here. Every time that we make a mistake, we learn from it. And as a society, we have to be able to do that. Understand that when mistakes are made, people are held accountable, and then move forward. And I think we should all say a prayer for George Floyd’s family, because he’s really the reason why we are here today doing this.

Chief Clifford

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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