Protesters march toward Broome County Jail

first_imgAs the crowd marched, they met officers, deputies and state troopers standing in front of the sheriff’s office. Minutes after meeting the line of law enforcement, organizers told the crowd to form a wall across Lt Vanwinkle Drive. Sunday, organizers held two marches through the streets of Binghamton, with nearly 1,000 people in attendance. Organizers held a “speakout” Tuesday at Cheri Lindsey Memorial Park before leading a march to the Binghamton Police Department. After several minutes of speaking, the crowd walked from Front Street toward the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. Organizers shouted “Say his name”, as the crowd chanted “George Floyd”. Organizers also shouted “If we don’t get it”, to which the crowd stated “Shut it down”. Everyone chanting names of people they say faced injustice in the jail system— Anne Sparaco (@AnneSparaco) June 5, 2020 Protesters eventually left the Broome County Jail and headed downtown to Court and Washington Streets. They were met by Binghamton Police, with authorities blocking off Court Street between Water and State Streets. The protest ended peacefully around 11:15 p.m. While some of the protests around the nation have escalated to violence, the protests in the Southern Tier have remained peaceful, though tense at times. Some protesters shouted profanities in the faces of police officers Tuesday night, while some shook hands with officers. One photo captured a hug between a protester and an officer. Protesters said Tuesday night’s event in downtown Binghamton proved a call for change can be successful and peaceful. Protesters are calling to abolish the jail and defund the #police— Katie Jones (@KatieJonesTV) June 4, 2020 Protesters in the intersection of court and Washington st. It’s been a peaceful protest— Katie Jones (@KatieJonesTV) June 5, 2020 BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A group of more than 100 protesters met at the corner of Front Street and Lt Vanwinkle Drive in Binghamton for another protest Thursday night. Just spoke to a few young protesters who expressed how younger people are coming to these events to not only educate themselves, but also be a part of change for the future— Anne Sparaco (@AnneSparaco) June 4, 2020center_img Organizers told the crowd they would continue to protest until they feel their voices have been heard. Before the march, one speaker told the crowd that she wanted to defund police agencies and “abolish the jail”. Organizers used a megaphone to speak to the crowd while standing under a red tent with the white PLOT logo. Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski told 12 News he’s ready for the country to have an open dialog about moving forward. I’m just here to let ya’ll know and all the powers that think they’re still in charge that this is just the beginning.”Protest organizer Floyd’s death started a nationwide movement, with massive protests held in cities of all sizes across the United States. Many of the protesters have honored the lives of other black men who were killed by police officers. The protest, organized by PLOT Binghamton, focused on issues related to racial injustices. The protesters also voiced displeasure with police officers and the Broome County Jail. Another protest was held in Norwich Thursday afternoon. Stay with 12 News for updates on this developing story. Speakers also rallied the crowd with popular chants such as “No justice. No peace” and “Whose streets? Our streets”. The protest marked the 5th such event in the Southern Tier since Sunday. Each of the protests began after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Four officers were charged in connection to the case.last_img read more

Painting company adds new division to combat COVID-19

first_img3 Dudes and a Paintbrush added a new division named ‘Sani-Dudes’. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A local painting company is doing their part to fight COVID-19. They are going into local businesses, like Peterson’s Tavern, to sanitize common areas. “We are able to help hospitals, schools, gyms, retail stores and restaurants, especially,” Harris said. “To help the community directly to stop COVID in the area, it’s one of those things where if we didn’t do it, then who would do it?” Harris said.center_img They are equipped with EPA certified solutions to kill lingering germs on surfaces and in the air. Harris says they are just doing their job to fill the gap. Jameel Harris, 3 Dudes owner, says with these state of the art solutions they are able to do their part to combat the virus. last_img read more

Norwich High School and Middle School to go remote on Thursday

first_imgThe district says the students will be exempt from the BOCES programs. NCSD says both buildings will be closed on Thursday for contact tracing and deep cleaning. According to a statement on their website, the decision comes after the Norwich City School District discovered a positive COVID-19 student case at the high school, and learned a middle school teacher’s family member had tested positive. Stanford Gibson and Perry Browne Elementary schools will remain open, and will follow the normal schedule. For more information, click here. NORWICH (WBNG) — The Norwich High School and Middle School will have remote instruction Thursday, Nov. 19. The district is working with health officials to contact trace and will determine whether the buildings will be reopened for in-person instruction on Friday, Nov. 20.last_img read more