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Cleanup planned for Bailey Avenue following violence and overnight damage

Posted at 8:06 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 08:13:54-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A group of community members is organizing a cleanup of Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, after violence and overnight damage Monday night.

The organizers are asking people to meet them at 10:00 a.m. on Bailey near the Buffalo Police E-District building, and to bring gloves, brooms, garbage bags, and anything else to clean the area.

Late Monday night, two police officers were hit by a car after a group of people gathered on Bailey. We're told the Buffalo police officer and New York State Police trooper who were hit are in stable condition at ECMC. Fires were started on Bailey and trash was thrown around the area.

This smaller gathering came following a large, peaceful protest that took place yesterday afternoon Protesters marched from Niagara Square to Bailey, but most dispersed before the violence began.

We spoke with one of the organizers, Kalah Bishop, who talked about why she wanted to get people together to help clean.

"We're losing sight of what we're really here for," she said. "If we're going to protest, let's protest. Let's not riot. Let's keep sight of what we need to do. And that's take a stance."

Anyone is welcome to come help with the cleanup efforts.