Editor, New Canaanite,
Last week was a difficult one.
We passed the 100,000 mark of deaths from COVID-19. We were traumatized by the horrific murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers. We watched our president move to militarize our streets.
Locally, we saw the chair of our Police Commission tear down heartfelt signs, calling them “litter” with a shameful insensitivity to the historic moment. We saw our first selectman force the resignation of Mike Handler, our guiding light through all kinds of emergencies over the past two decades.
But on Thursday, hope was renewed—a warm light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Thousands of our residents came together in solidarity to push for change. An inspiring and inspired group of young people, clergy, police officers, EMTs and a full spectrum of citizens came together to say we can do better. We can be better. Our police chief, Leon Krolikowski, made us all proud with his strong stand against police violence and racial injustice and for our Constitution. The clergy was reassuring and poignant. The whole crowd renewed my faith and I want to especially thank the Niang family and those that helped them for organizing this event.
It helped us heal and bolstered our sense of community and I hope we carry those sentiments forward in our march towards justice.