Protests Planned in Riverhead Sunday

Protester carrying a “Black Lives Matter” sign in New York City in 2016.

Two events are scheduled in Riverhead Sunday afternoon in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Floyd, a black man, died Monday as a result of actions taken by a white police officer, who held his knee on Floyd’s neck. Floyd was handcuffed and screaming that he could not breathe. The officer has since been arrested on murder and manslaughter charges. The Riverhead events follow several days of protests throughout the nation, some of which have turned violent with looting, fires, and assaults.

According to a statement from Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar’s office and the Riverhead Police Department, a sanctioned event to honor the Floyd’s life is happening at Stotzky Park at 1 PM.

“The leaders of this event have assured a peaceful protest,” the statement said, adding that it was organized by Eric Williams.

An unsanctioned event, organized by the Black Lives Matter Movement, is scheduled for the downtown Riverhead area at 3 PM, according to Riverhead officials.

“Please be advised that while the majority of the protests have been peaceful, there is a possibility of community disruption. We have contingency plans in place,” the town’s statement said. “The safety of our residents, businesses, and visitors are our paramount concern.”

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