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Norwich police to host community chat at Mohegan Park Saturday

Norwich — The monthly Community Chat with the Norwich Police Department will move outdoors to the Spaulding Pond Beach area of Mohegan Park on Saturday, with participants invited to bring their own picnic food, chairs or blankets, spread out and have casual conversations with city police officers in attendance.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the area surrounding the Spaulding Beach parking lot on Mohegan Park Road. Several picnic tables and barbecue stands are available for participants. The event is free and open to people of all ages. COVID-19 social distancing rules will be in place.

Norwich police have hosted monthly Saturday morning open forums at the Norwich Community Development Corp.’s Foundry 66 facility since June in the wake of protests and rallies after George Floyd, a Black man, died under the pressed knee of a Minneapolis police officer May 25.

Organizers said people have requested an outdoor venue for the chats to allow for more participants while complying with social distancing rules.

c.bessette@theday.com

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