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More protests in Greater Danbury area

A second protest march has been held in Danbury.  About a thousand people gathered again over the weekend for a march from Rogers Park to the police station and back. 

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Senator Richard Blumenthal were among the officials in attendance.  Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour, who is black, told protestors that he wants to meet with organizers to discuss what steps are needed to improve and educate the community on police training.  There were also gatherings in Bethel on Greenwood Avenue and in New Milford.

Two rallies in Newtown converged yesterday afternoon and more than a thousand people marched to the police department.  The Newtown Bee reports that the events were publicized as peaceful gatherings meant to show support for racial equality, though neither identified the organizers. 

One of the rallies started at Edmond Town Hall and moved to the flagpole, where the second event was slated to be held.  Main Street was closed between Hanover Road and Sugar Street during the two events.   

As those in attendance knelt at the flagpole, the chanting stopped.  Organizers said the demonstration would last 8 minutes, 46 seconds, the amount of time that a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on George Floyd's neck.  But the silence and kneeling lasted only a few minutes. 

Police Chief James Viadero addressed the crowd and said his department hears them, and stands with them.

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