Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on June 8, 2020
It was promised to be a peaceful protest for social justice and it was.
A demonstration yesterday in downtown Batavia drew an estimated 400 people – black and white – they carried signs, chanted and made impromptu but impassioned speeches.
One, was Victor Thomas of Batavia
PHOTO Courtesy: The Batavian
There was a large, but not a threatening police presence. Most officers stayed back maintain a perimeter that wasn’t needed. Other officers waded into the crowd and at times engaged with the protestors.
Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch and Sheriff William Sheron stood with demonstrators.
Lawmen from throughout the region – including a mounted patrol from Livingston County – were part of the police presence.
An 11 year old child was airlifted to the hospital after tumbling down a 40-foot waterfall in in Attica
The incident happened just before 12:30 in the afternoon off of Vernal Road.
The child was rescued by a State Police helicopter and then airlifted to Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo by Mercy Flight.
The child’s injuries are unknown.
The number of new COVID-19 infections continues to trend downward.
Over the weekend two new cases were reported in Genesee County, with one new cases in Orleans County
If you’ve been wanting to plan a camping trip, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will allow you to do just that today. Reservations are being accepted online for visits that can begin June 22nd
State lawmakers will meet this week to talk-over a package of law enforcement reform bills.
Some of the proposed measures include a ban on the use of tear gas and putting an end to racial profiling by police officers.
Another piece of legislation is expected to focus on repealing a provision in the state Civil Rights Law. It’s known as “50-a” and has been used by police departments to keep the public from having access to the disciplinary records of officers.