Spokane Police encourage ‘peaceful assembly’ as Chauvin jury deliberates

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SPOKANE, Wash. — As the country braces for the verdict in the trial of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, Spokane Police will keep an eye out for any local protests and demonstrations.

Spokane saw several days of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death last summer. Only one turned violent, as people broke into the downtown Nike store and officers fired tear gas on the crowd.

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“Spokane Police encourages the legal expression of 1st Amendment rights while reminding people of our duty to protect persons and property,” SPD spokesperson Julie Humphreys told 4 News Now Monday.

Humphreys referenced a demonstration last weekend, in which a small group gathered in Riverfront Park to protest the police killing of Daunte Wright. Wright was shot by a Minnesota police officer who mistook her taser for a gun.

The group last weekend marched from Riverfront Park to Kendall Yards.

“During the march, the group occupied the sidewalks and obeyed all traffic laws, resulting in no enforcement action by SPD,” Humphreys said. “Please, along with peaceful assembly and observing pedestrian and traffic laws, be mindful of our local businesses and the impact a march has on ability to conduct commerce.”

“SPD is proud of our community, our officers and our history of peaceful expression.”

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