Officers join peaceful protest in Schenectady

Dan Levy
Created: May 31, 2020 07:20 PM

SCHENECTADY -- Residents in Schenectady held a peaceful rally Sunday afternoon.

Schenectady citizens, along with police officers, walked arm-in-arm and hand-in-hand through the streets.


It was a Black Lives Matter Rally, that showcased solidarity and highlighted the close-knit relationship between police and the residents they serve.

The event included a question and answer period, involving protestors and Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford, who says there were many members of the community who worked hard to create a two-way atmosphere of trust and respect in the city.

"What everybody is saying is that we're making history here," said Chief Clifford. "We're doing things differently in Schenectady."

Mindful of what happened in Albany on Saturday, barracades were put up on the streets surrounding the Schenectady Police Headquarters.

Chief Clifford said he has asked for State Police to be on standby, though he doesn't know what to expect.

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