New Haven community gathers around police headquarters to protest George Floyd’s death

Authorities say nearly 1,000 individuals gathered in downtown New Haven Sunday to protest George Floyd's death.

They say the crowd gathered in front of City Hall, occupied I-95 and went to the New Haven Police Department.

Police say they responded to protestors blocking traffic at the merge of I-95, I-91 and the Oak Street Connector around 1:15 p.m. They say highway traffic was blocked until about 2:45 p.m.
Authorities say there was a skirmish around 6:10 p.m. as officers pushed back protesters attempting to forcibly enter the police headquarters.

Officers reported that the protestors left the Oak Street Connector and headed toward the New Haven Green just before 8 p.m.

Police say the gathering has been peaceful so far, and around 150 protestors remain on the steps of the police department headquarters Sunday night.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker says in a statement, "I stand with the residents of New Haven and the New Haven Police to speak out against police brutality. What happened to George Floyd and what has happened to many others must stop. Chief Reyes and I have been abundantly clear about our expectations, that our officers work with compassion, that our officers don’t over-police our neighborhoods, that our officers embody the spirit of real community policing. We’ve also been clear that if there is any complaint of misconduct, we will investigate and hold any officers accountable. I also stand ready to talk collaboratively with the protesters and the community at large to better understand, to listen and to begin to address racism…"
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