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The Rochester Police Department announced a new training program for officers on Wednesday. The mandatory two-day program will take place in May. 

It’s called the Robert E. Craig Institute for Ethical Leadership, named after the former RPD deputy chief who was at the announcement. 

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Moments before the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial was announced, Kevin McGowan, superintendent at the Brighton Central School District, shared how his district’s would talk about the trial. 

McGowan said it’s not about telling kids what they should think, but giving them a safe space to form their own thoughts and share their feelings. 

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Local activists, elected officials and community leaders reacted Tuesday after a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd.

Ashley Gantt, co-leader of Black Lives Matter advocacy group, Free The People Roc, said she was left speechless after hearing the verdict.

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A veteran Monroe County prosecutor resigned Tuesday after allegedly writing an Instagram post denigrating the memorial service for George Floyd.

The post, which appeared on the personal Instagram account of Senior Assistant District Attorney Daniel Strollo, read: “7 funerals, a golden casket, and broadcast on every major network for a man who was a violent felon and career criminal? Soldiers die and the family gets a flag.”

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Hundreds of people turned out again in downtown Rochester on Saturday as part of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that have been going on since last month after the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis.

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Tiffany Porter was two years old when her family moved to Fairport in 1985. From the beginning, her family experienced racism.

“When we first moved into The Pines. Somebody killed a cat and wiped our window with the word ‘N----’ with the cat blood and left the cat there,” Porter said.

Now, Porter is a mother of three boys in Fairport. While racism has become less overt over the years, she said that she still has to endure the consequences of racial inequity.

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Attorneys with the Monroe County Bar Association, the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, and others protested police brutality and systemic racism Thursday outside the Public Safety Building in downtown Rochester.

The Public Safety Building was the site of protests last Saturday in the wake of George Floyd’s death on May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd's death after a police officer knelt on his neck sparked protests across the country.

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The Rev. Lewis Stewart and the United Christian Leadership Ministry spoke Monday in support of this weekend’s Black Lives Matter rally -- but said the rioting and looting that followed do not honor the memory of George Floyd. 

Floyd's death on May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck sparked protests across the country, including in Rochester.