SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Recent days remind us that we all need to speak when we see injustice,” city Mayor Meg Kelly told the City Council June 2. “The events in Minneapolis last week that saw a black man pleading for his life under the knee of an officer – while several other officers either assisted or stood by – can only happen again if each of us forget our outrage,” Kelly said. “All of us must galvanize our current feelings and demand change in our institutions that allows such racial discrimination. I know that Saratoga Springs is a city to lead this.”
Protests have been staged every day this week opposite City Hall on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. On June 1, city Police Chief Shane Crooks and a handful of members of the city police department joined protesters gathered at the location.
“I do believe our police department is the leader of this charge. They went out there, they took a knee with the protesters,” Mayor Kelly said. “Our policemen and policewomen really know our community and they work really hard at all relations.”