Update: This has been postponed to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 (departing Saxe Middle School at 5:30 p.m.) due to expected thunderstorms.
A peaceful protest spurred by the May 25 death of George Floyd is to be held Wednesday afternoon in New Canaan, according to a flyer promoting it. Scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at New Canaan High School, the protest will take participants along South Avenue to police headquarters, and then down Church Street to Main Street, the flyer said. “What happened to George Floyd was a disgrace, but it was far from unusual,” it said. “It’s time to invoke change in the system.”
A 46-year-old African-American man, Floyd was killed in broad daylight while laying face-down and handcuffed in a Minneapolis street, a city police officer’s knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Captured on video, Floyd’s death has spurred protests throughout the nation and beyond. New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski in an Instagram post Monday said, “Over the last week, I was saddened by the tragic death of George Floyd and the violence that has erupted throughout our nation.