March and Rally Supporting Racial Justice Held in Binghamton
People gathered at the Binghamton Governmental Plaza to demonstrate their solidarity with those who have been protesting for racial justice in Rochester.
Organizers called Saturday night's march and rally "Upstate Uprising." The march started at Main and Walnut streets on the West Side.
Participants chanted as they walked east on Main Street and Court Street toward the heart of downtown. The march ended on Hawley Street near City Hall and the Broome County and state office buildings.
Social media announcements promoting the event called on people to participate "for the culmination of the most revolutionary summer in recent history."
For more than a week, there have been nightly demonstrations in Rochester to protest the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died in March after being taken into custody by police.
Speakers at the Binghamton rally called for justice following Prude's death. Many also addressed other incidents in which people have died or have been seriously injured following encounters with law enforcement officers.
Police officers ringed the governmental plaza at Hawley and State streets, where steel barricades had been installed to prevent people from getting close to building entrances.
Traffic was detoured around the rally site for a few hours.
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