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Peaceful protestors march through Geneva's neighborhoods

Jun 1, 2020

Several hundred people protested peacefully in Geneva Sunday night in memory of George Floyd and other black Americans who have been killed by police. 

Geneva protesters lay prone in the parking lot of the Public Safety Building Sunday night.
Credit Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

Around 5:00 p.m. Sunday, the City of Geneva issued a notice to residents asking them to stay home and describing unconfirmed information suggesting that there would be looting and destructive behavior downtown. 

 

In spite of the warning, the crowd that initially gathered on Exchange Street north of Castle remained peaceful, first marching to the Public Safety Building.

 

 

Geneva police had emptied the building’s parking lot and protesters chanted and took turns speaking for about an hour.

 

 

The crowd then marched south into downtown and over the course of the next two-and-a-half hours wound through Geneva’s residential neighborhoods before returning to the Public Safety Building parking lot and dispersing around 11:30 p.m.

 

Protesters say they plan to gather again Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.