Poughkeepsie mayor gives peaceful protests thumbs up

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, left, interact with protesters on Tuesday

POUGHKEEPSIE – Mayor Rob Rolison has given good grades to the peaceful demonstrations that have taken place in recent days in the City of Poughkeepsie ever since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.

“Across this country we have watched protests that have taken counter-productive, dangerous turns,” the mayor said on Wednesday. “The events in the City of Poughkeepsie – which have included a candlelight vigil and marches – have shown the country how people can gather to express themselves passionately, to demand justice, and to ensure their voices are heard.”

That can all be done without violence and without causing damage to the community at large, he said.

“I will be forever thankful for those, including the organizers of these events and community leaders, for insisting on a nonviolent approach. The city is committed to keeping the lines of dialogue open and to providing a safe environment for people to continue to voice their views and to work for the betterment of our city,” Rolison said.