Springfield police prepare for possible protests following Chauvin verdict

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of Springfield in the end of May to protest racial injustices occurring in the country. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of Springfield in the end of May to protest racial injustices occurring in the country. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Local police are asking anyone planning to demonstrate following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case to do so peacefully.

Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter Tuesday afternoon in connection to the death of Geroge Floyd. Floyd’s death prompted a number of protests throughout the region last year.

Springfield Police is monitoring the events and working to protect public safety, Community Information Coordinator Valerie Lough said.

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“Springfield city and public safety officials are monitoring the events in Minneapolis. We are not aware of any protests planned locally. We support our citizens’ Constitutional right to assemble peacefully and will continue to work diligently to protect the safety of those in our community.”

In Montgomery County, Dayton Police said they were preparing for any unrest.

“The Dayton Police Department wants to ensure the safety of anyone who wants to exercise their First Amendment rights to peacefully gather or protest,” the department said in a statement. “The department regularly monitors current events happening around our state and across the country as well as any locally planned gatherings, events, or protests and adjusts staffing as appropriate.”

“In order to properly plan for the safety of our residents and visitors, it would be helpful for event organizers to notify the department of any planned gatherings, events, or protests within the city of Dayton in advance by contacting the Dayton Police Department’s Special Event Coordinator at 333-1105 or by sending an e-mail to DPD_SpecialEventCoordinator@daytonohio.gov.”

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office also said they are preparing for protests.

“The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office supports the right to demonstrate peacefully, however, in the case that any protesting shifts to civil unrest following the verdict of the trial, the Sheriff’s Office has contingency plans in place to protect life, property, and maintain civil order,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

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