REDDING, Calif. - Redding Police Chief Bill Schueller and Mayor Adam McElvain have released statements about the George Floyd protests that are happening within the city.
The comments come after the May 29 peaceful protest, with participants starting their march at Martin Luther King Jr. Center and down Court Street.
An additional protest is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 and the city said it is also promoting peace, healing and solidarity.
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"While the City cannot prevent people's constitutional right to protest, or prevent people from out of town attending any protest, the City is prepared and working with organizers to ensure a safe and peaceful protest," the city said in a release.
Police Chief Bill Schueller's statement: "I won’t pretend to understand the pain and anger felt by the communities of color here or elsewhere in the country. I understand they are hurting. This unlawful, cowardly act by these officers will tear apart the trust and relationships we have tried so hard to build. The law enforcement profession must do a better job building relationships with our underserved communities so the acts of a few do not overshadow the great work the majority of police officers do every day."
Mayor Adam McElvain's statement: "These protests can help our community recognize what is happening and begin the process of healing. The right to protest is fundamental to our Country and I fully support every citizen’s constitutional right to protest but condemn any associated violence. Our City is committed to equal and fair treatment for everyone."