Greenwich Indivisible to hold ‘rally for justice’ at Town Hall
GREENWICH — Indivisible Greenwich will hold what it is calling “Greenwich Cares: Rally for Justice” on Saturday, an event to honor George Floyd “and so many others before him” while also “standing up to protect First Amendment freedoms of speech and to peacefully assemble.”
The event will take place at 2 p.m. June 6 at Greenwich Town Hall.
Protests have been held across the country and the world since Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last week. A video shows a police officer kneeling on the neck of the African-American man for nearly nine minutes while Floyd says he can’t breathe during an arrest over a suspected counterfeit $20 bill.
A demonstration was held Monday outside the town’s Public Safety Complex, where protesters angrily but peacefully gathered to speak out about Floyd’s death and about what they allege is a longstanding pattern of racial profiling by Greenwich police.
Chief of Police James Heavey and First Selectman Fred Camillo met outside with the protesters, told them they wanted to listen, and urged them to file complaints about any incidents.
At Saturday’s rally, Indivisible Greenwich said it will welcome “those who care about the issue of systemic criminal injustice and the use of excessive police force against our black brothers and sisters, and those who want to protect freedom of speech and assembly.”
The event will be peaceful, and there will be speakers. Indivisible Greenwich said it wants the community to “come together to mourn and explore ways we can move forward in a productive manner.”
Due to the coronavirus, Indivisible said masks and social distancing “are both expected and necessary.” Attendees can bring blankets and towels to sit on, too, to help with social distancing.
The officer involved in Floyd’s death, Derek Chauvin, was later charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. On Wednesday, the charge was upgraded to second-degree murder. The three other cops on the scene were reportedly arrested and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. All four officers have been fired.