LINDEN, NJ - Residents are invited and city officials are preparing for a peaceful protest on Thursday, June 4, amid feelings of outrage and despair after the killing of Minneapolis resident, George Floyd.
Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25. The video went viral, showing Chauvin press his knee into Floyd's neck as he laid face down in handcuffs for nearly 9 minutes. He and three other officers who assisted in the apprehension and arrest were fired the following day. An autopsy requested by the Floyd family has concluded Floyd died of asphyxiation.
Several towns in New Jersey have led peaceful protests and more are planned as residents are fed up with the police brutality and injustice displayed in the killing of Floyd and several other African Americans in this country.
In a post on the Linden Police Facebook page, the department stated, “We are aware of the protest planned on Wood Ave tomorrow. We fully support the constitutional right of all people to peacefully protest and we are working closely with the organizers and other community leaders that will be in attendance to help facilitate a successful and peaceful event.”
The protest, organized by the Linden High school senior class, is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at the Linden Train Station on the left side of Wood Avenue. Attendees will then march from the train station to City Hall for a moment of silence and words of encouragement for those in attendance, according to a flyer that has been circulating on social networks.
Organizers ask that protesters bring signs, banners, and remember to wear masks and adhere to social distancing.
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