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Jun 02, 2020

Local Protests Against Police Brutality Planned in the Coming Days for Central Jersey

Photo by Sarah DeFelice from Long Branch protest

Today at 6 pm, a protest in Keansburg will be held for George Floyd, an African American man killed by a police officer in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.

This is intended to be a peaceful protest, as expressed on the flier. The protest will begin at the Bay Walk across from La Playa Mexican restaurant. According to patch.com, the Keansburg protest was organized in place of one that was originally scheduled in Middletown for today at noon. Keansburg Police have been notified of the event.

Much of the Monmouth County community has been unified in an effort to raise awareness and enact change for police brutality and those affected by it. Protests in both Long Branch and Asbury Park were held over the past two days, both with police support.

“For the members of our law enforcement community, the horror of this tragedy is magnified by the stain we all wear because of the sins of those officers who do not reflect our morals and values,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a statement. “I, along with Sheriff Shaun Golden and the entire Monmouth County Chiefs of Police Association, condemn the murder of Mr. Floyd.”

While the Asbury Park protest began peacefully on Main Street and remained civilized for the majority of its march, however it ultimately turned violent with rioting as night fell.

On May 25, Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. A deli employee called 911, accusing Floyd of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Squad cars arrived on scene, and Police Officer Derek Chauvin had Floyd pinned to the ground with his knee on Floyd’s neck for approximately nine minutes. It was determined that Floyd did not have a pulse once paramedics arrived on scene. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree man slaughter.

A group of local African American students from Old Bridge High School have organized a protest for later in the week. The students plan to meet on Thursday, June 4 at Lombardi Field in Old Bridge to show their solidarity and to protest police brutality.

A number of protests have been scheduled for the Central Jersey area, including:

  •  Tuesday, June 2 in Keansburg (6 pm)
  •  Thursday, June 4 in  Carteret (2 pm), Carteret Middle School
  •  Thursday, June 4 in Old Bridge (Lombardi Field)
  •  Friday, June 5 in Perth Amboy (2 pm), location not yet released
  •  Saturday, June 6 in North Bergen (3 pm), West Orange (12:30 pm), and Jersey City (4 pm), specific locations not yet released

Local authorities urge residents to follow curfew laws put in place during this time.

“The entire Monmouth County law enforcement community continues our public outreach efforts to keep building the foundation of trust necessary for law enforcement to maintain the confidence of who we work for — the citizens of Monmouth County,” Gramiccioni said. “Our mission is to protect and serve you.”