More protests Monday in Clifton Park, Delmar, Beacon, and Newburgh
Jun 09, 2020 6:30 am
On her MSNBC show June 8, Rachel Maddow showed photos of the protest in Troy June 7, where organizers estimate 11,000 people turned out to stand for racial justice. Protests continued the next day up and down the Hudson Valley. Clifton Park had the largest local protest June 8, where organizers estimated several thousand turned out. Here is a little of what that sounded like from a Daily Gazette clip. PLAY BRIEF CLIP HERE. Hundreds of people also gathered around Delmar's Four Corners protesting police brutality on June 8. Dozens attended a rally in Beacon, and also in Newburgh where residents were upset over a resolution that would shift $80,000 from the Park Department to the city's police. While protesters marched, another police story outraged some. Democracy Now reported that 28-year-old Maurice Gordon from Poughkeepsie was shot last month by a New Jersey police trooper. The trooper's identity has not been revealed, but he shot the black man during a routine traffic stop. Gordon waited in the officer’s car for over 30 minutes for a tow truck to arrive, after Gordon’s car wouldn’t restart, and he was shot when he tried to exit the vehicle. The Attorney General’s Office says it will not release video of the incident until its initial investigation is over. New York legislators worked June 8 to pass five bills to address concerns of the protesters, including banning chokeholds; legalizing the right to record police activity; and prohibiting false 911 reports based on someone’s race. The bills also required that courts document race, ethnicity, and sex data for arrests and court proceedings involving low-level offenses; and require a police officer who fires a gun to verbally notify a supervisor within six hours and file a written report within 48 hours. The Assembly and the Senate majority leaders say they have plans to pass five more bills, including changing the 50-A law that hides information about complaints against police officers. There was a celebrity campaign against that on June 8, with social media posts from musicians Ariana Grande, the Jonas Brothers, and Mariah Carey. Other cities also announced police reforms on June 8. The Times Union reported that Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed an executive order banning city police officers from using chokeholds or "knee to neck" restraints on people. The City of Troy appointed eight community members to a Police Objective Review Board on June 8. And Rep. Antonio Delgado, who had been mostly quiet on the protests, released a statement that read: "Out of collective agency, can come legislation and the possibility of real change. Today, my colleagues and I in the Congressional Black Caucus announced the Justice in Policing Act, to increase accountability and transparency in policing." Finally, another local protest was announced. A Facebook event page is up for a June 13 protest at 5:30 p.m. in Chatham.