DOWNINGTOWN, PA — Downingtown Police Chief Howard Holland released the following statement about the death of George Floyd and upcoming planned demonstrations in Downingtown Borough:
“As many of you are aware there have been demonstrations across the nation from the death of George Floyd while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.
“The Downingtown Police Department has been monitoring these demonstrations. Some of the organizers have been communicating with the police department.
“To date, the Downingtown Police Department is aware of 3 planned demonstrations in Downingtown Borough on Friday, June 5th, Saturday, June 6th, and Saturday, June 12th.
“These demonstrations have been centralized to the area of Kerr Park and Johnsontown Park. To the best of our knowledge, these demonstrations are planned peaceful events with social distancing, masks and PA systems.
“In speaking with 2 of 3 organizers, they are hopeful no destructive groups or outside agitators will arrive with their own agenda which would be outside of peaceful intent.
“The Downingtown Police Department is suggesting that businesses may wish to remove objects outside their stores that could be used for destructive purposes. In addition, unattended vehicles may be targeted.
“However, organizers are not required to notify the police in advance of such demonstrations. If you hear or have concerns or information about these events please feel free to reach out to us at the county dispatch.
“For non-emergencies call 610-383-7000 or for emergencies call 9-1-1. These are fluid situations and the Downingtown Police Department is closely monitoring these events and social media activity.”
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