Press Release - Local Demonstrations (Updated)

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Peaceful Local Demonstrations in Response to Racial Unrest Across the Country

For Release:      Immediate
Contact:              Carl P. Fortuna, Jr., First Selectman
Contact Info:       860-395-3123 or 

June 3, 2020, Old Saybrook, CT—As millions across the country continue to react to the recent violent death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, two events are being planned in Old Saybrook to show intolerance for racism and violence in this community and to support racial justice and reform.

This evening (June 3) a vigil will be held in front of The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center at 300 Main Street from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. The focus of the vigil is to stand for justice and show solidarity with citizens from all over the country as they protest police brutality on our fellow African-American citizens.  On Sunday, there will be another event, the details of which are unknown to my office. This much is clear: Discrimination of any sort, racism in any fashion and/or police brutality have no place in the Old Saybrook Community, or anywhere else. I, for one, will always do my best to promote a culture of equality and justice for all in our town. Those intending to participate in these events are asked to wear a mask as the community continues to be vigilant about protecting citizens from the spread of Covid-19.

The administration of the Town of Old Saybrook is supportive of equality for all of its citizens but would like to express particular support for the peaceful protesters who are honoring the memory of George Floyd.  Anyone who wishes to be heard or to show their support for racial justice in the Old Saybrook community is asked to do so peacefully and to show respect for other participants and for personal property.