Hundreds gathered yesterday in the city of Cortland for a peaceful demonstration, joining those popping up in cities across the U.S. since the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.
The event was started by Imani Ruffin, a former NYC resident who’s lived in Cortland for around seven years now and founded the community’s first and only local chapter of the global Black Lives Matter Foundation.
Attending yesterday to show their support were various members of local law enforcement including City Police Chief Frank Catalano, County Sheriff Mark Helms and Community Officer Jesse Abbott.
Abbott was featured in a special photo the local BLM group posted to Facebook, seen on the far right:
The picture above was taken during a city-wide march that took place immediately after speeches were given in Courthouse Park.
Additional protests have been planned in the area over the coming days, including today at Noon at the Grace Church on Court Street in Cortland, as well as this Saturday at Homer’s Durkee Park, which is also set for Noon.
Attending yesterday’s event were Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin and Ward 3 Alderman Bruce Tytler.
Press play below to hear their live reactions: (Tobin then Tytler)
Additional footage from yesterday by WXHC:
(speakers: Imani Ruffin, Mayor Brian Tobin)
(speakers: Caleb Wright, Jordan Prior)