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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask, and the police department’s three deputy chiefs joined protest organizer Kelvin Rivera, and more than 800 protesters at the Memorial Building this afternoon to honor George Floyd. All kneeled for about 9 minutes in silence.

Floyd was on the ground for almost 9 minutes, with a Minneapolis police officer’s knee in his neck, yelling he could not breathe, when he died in May. That officer and three others were fired the next day when a bystander’s video showed the incident. The FBI is investigating the murder and all four officers have been charged.

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Rivera, a 2016 Framingham High graduate, organized the first Black Lives Matter protest in the City of Framingham after the death of Floyd back in May.

Participating in today’s protest from the Framingham Police Department along with Chief Trask were Deputy Police Chief Lester Baker, Deputy Police Chief Ron Brandolini, Deputy Police Chief Victor Periera, and Lt. Harry Wareham.

District 5 School Committee member Priscila Sousa also participated in the protest organized by Rivera.

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SOURCE will have a full report & more photos from today’s protest later.

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.