Protests against racism and police brutality in New Hartford

Photo submitted by Laura Bedford
Photo submitted by Laura Bedford

NEW HARTFORD — Just like other towns in the Northwest Corner, residents in New Hartford held a protest vigil against racism and police brutality on the Town Green on Sunday, June 7.
The vigil took place alongside other vigils and protests all across the country after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.
Since the vigil, police officers in Atlanta, Georgia have become subject of an investigation after the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks on Friday, June 12.
On Wednesday, June 15, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard filed 11 criminal charges against fired Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe in his role in Brooks’ death.
In an interview after the vigil, co-organizer David Rosengren said that there were about 85 residents who took part in the event.
“I firmly believe that we need to do something and have needed to do something for a long time,” Rosengren said. “I have to say that what baffles me is that, when I was young, I’m 68 now, at least from my perspective I thought that at least by the year 2000 that these problems would have been solved by now. It’s very sad and disturbing that, 20 years now into a new century, and we are still facing a lot of the same issues. It’s not just the way Black people are viewed differently by police. They are viewed differently by most of society. It’s not even conscious. Racism in a lot of ways is baked into the national cake. Our challenge is going to be how do we get that out without having to take everything down to the bottom and bake a new cake. We have to figure out a way to get it out of our system. It has not been easy and I don’t know if it’s going to get any easier.”

Photo submitted by Laura Bedford
Photo submitted by Ann Evans

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