A protest in response to the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minnesota when police kneeled on his neck and back for more than eight minutes during an arrest is planned for Friday in Hoboken at 1 p.m. at Maxwell Place Park.
Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Police Chief Ken Ferrante released a joint statement supporting the right of residents to peacefully demonstrate in the name of justice and racial equality.
“As residents may know, a demonstration is being organized for Friday in Hoboken. We want to assure our residents that the Hoboken Police Department has spent the past several days preparing for the event. The Hoboken Police Department and Office of Emergency Management are fully prepared to ensure the safety of all residents, demonstrators, and businesses,” said the mayor and chief in a statement. “While we ask residents and our businesses to remain vigilant, please rest assured that the HPD is taking every proactive measure possible to protect our City.”
They said they are continuing to actively speak with organizers regarding the protest in order to protect demonstrators, residents, and businesses.
“We are also confident that the vast majority of individuals participating in the event will peacefully demonstrate, but still pledge to take every precaution necessary to safeguard our City,” they said. “Finally, for anyone who chooses to participate in Friday’s demonstration, we ask you please wear a face mask at all times and social distance whenever possible.”