On July 18, 2020, Geneva City Councilor Frank Gaglianese attended a virtual forum hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges entitled “Education for Transformation: What We All Need to Know about Police Accountability.”
Around 80 community members and leaders, activists, and regional Police Accountability experts took part, including members of the Geneva NAACP, Geneva Community Compact, and The People’s Peaceful Protest.
Councilor Gaglianese was active in the chat during the online forum, repeatedly thanking the participants and stating that the event was “great” and he was “walking away feeling good.”
The next day, July 19 2020, Councilor Gaglianese attended the “Back the Blue Ride and Rally” at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva’s Lakefront Park. Over a hundred “Back the Blue” supporters drove and rode from Canandaigua to Geneva for the event.
Councilor Gaglianese was speaking with one attendee who was streaming live video of the event, and commented on the HWS forum he had attended the previous day, saying:
“…the College did their whole thing? For police accountability? If I could have got a gun and shot the squares on my computer screen and killed everybody…disgusting.”
Gaglianese also called police reform advocates “little squawkers who think their voice is being heard…it’s not.”
Additionally, Gaglianese stated that he would vote no against any efforts to create a Police Accountability Board.
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