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More Than a Dozen Protests for George Floyd Held in CT Friday

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Demonstrations and protests were held in several Connecticut cities and towns on Friday to protest racial injustice after the death of George Floyd.

The demonstrations come a day after a memorial service for Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer in Minneapolis pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he pleaded for air and stopped moving.

NEW HAVEN

A large group gathered at the New Haven Green at 3 p.m. One organizer said they have actionable demands developed by youth who want to see change in their city.

Some of the things demonstrators called for include defunding or reducing funding for the police force in favor of education, and police accountability, including the prosecution of police officers who have shot, killed, or beaten anyone.

The crowd was diverse and led by young people who said it will be up to everyone working together to stop racism and police misconduct.

"I came here today because it's the right thing to do. I think as a non-black person, I have a role to play. I have privilege and I need to use that to amplify the voices of black people in America," New Haven resident Shirley Koesnadi said.

Yale New Haven Health employees gathered for a "White Coats for Black Lives" protest Friday.

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Yale New Haven Health employees rally for Black Lives Matter on June 5, 2020.

BRIDGEPORT

A Black Live Matter demonstration was held at Mount Aery Baptist Church at 6 p.m.

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COLCHESTER

A protest was held on the town green at 3 p.m.

DEEP RIVER

A Black Lives Matter vigil for peace, equity and justice was held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Deep River Town Hall.

EAST HAVEN

A protest was held on the town green at River Street and Hemingway Avenue.

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East Haven police Lt. Joseph Murgo stands with organizers at a Black Lives Matter protest on June 5, 2020.

HARTFORD

A protest was held in Hartford at 10 a.m.

MYSTIC

A protest was held from noon to 1 p.m. at Liberty Pole. Protesters were asked to wear masks and to maintain social distancing.

NEW BRITAIN

A workshop and group discussions was scheduled Walnut Hill Park from noon to 3 p.m., followed by a march at 3 p.m.

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THIS IS OUR OFFICIAL FLYER.. THIS IS A PROTEST AGAINST RACISM WHERE KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE CAN GATHER TO DISCUSS WAYS TO COMBAT POLICE BRUTALITY AND CHANGE THE SYSTEM IN AMERICA TOGETHER. FROM 12-3pm we will discuss issues as a group and collaborate on thoughts and ideas while incorporating WORKSHOPS to create an open dialogue in ways to change our community. There will be limited refreshments and snacks so please come early ! IF YOU DO NOTHING ... YOUR PART OF THE ISSUE. #STRATEGIZEDMARCH #BLACKLIVESMATTER #FUCKTHESYSTEM #WALKTHEWALK ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏼✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏼✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏼

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POMFRET

A protest will begin at 5 p.m. on the town green.

PLAINVILLE

A unity march will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Protesters will gather on the lawn of the municipal building and march to Norton Park for a peaceful gathering. Signs are welcome and protesters are asked to bring masks or face coverings and maintain social distancing.

SIMSBURY

A Black Lives Matter protest will be held on Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

WALLINGFORD

A silent protest was held at 4 p.m. between 4 South Main St. and 200 North Main St. Protesters are asked to stand on the sidewalk, six feet apart. Masks are required and protesters are asked to bring posters and to wear black.

WESTPORT

A protest was scheduled for 1:30 p.m at the bridge across from Parker Harding Plaza. Masks are required and protesters are asked to stand six feet apart.

WETHERSFIELD

A march for justice began at 4 p.m. Protesters marched from Cove Park down the Silas Deane Highway to the Wethersfield Police Station.

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Protesters gather at a rally for George Floyd in Wethersfield on June 5, 2020.
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THIS IS OUR OFFICIAL FLYER.. THIS IS A PROTEST AGAINST RACISM WHERE KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE CAN GATHER TO DISCUSS WAYS TO COMBAT POLICE BRUTALITY AND CHANGE THE SYSTEM IN AMERICA TOGETHER. FROM 12-3pm we will discuss issues as a group and collaborate on thoughts and ideas while incorporating WORKSHOPS to create an open dialogue in ways to change our community. There will be limited refreshments and snacks so please come early ! IF YOU DO NOTHING ... YOUR PART OF THE ISSUE. #STRATEGIZEDMARCH #BLACKLIVESMATTER #FUCKTHESYSTEM #WALKTHEWALK ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏼✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏼✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏼

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WILLIMANTIC

A rally was scheduled at Jilson Square Park on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

WOLCOTT

A protest was scheduled for noon on the town green.

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