Officials in the city of Canandaigua are preparing for protests on Wednesday, of which they hope remain civil – like a vast majority of those that have taken place around the region.
“The City of Canandaigua is aware that a peaceful protest is planned to take place within the City tomorrow. We hope that this event will be peaceful and respectful of personal and public property,” City Manager John Goodwin said in a statement. “We also want to remind anyone that is planning to participate that the COVID-19 pandemic is still on-going. Please remember to wear face covering so that you may all express and air your grievances safely.”
Part of his statement on behalf of the City responded directly to the killing of George Floyd.
“What we saw occur to George Floyd is not consistent with the values and principles of the policing profession or the Canandaigua community and as such the Chief of Police, City Manager and Mayor will join the event,” Goodwin added.
Similar protests have taken place peacefully in Geneva and Auburn.