Redding march for justice postponed

A protest scheduled to take place in Redding Tuesday evening has been postponed.

Posted: Jun 1, 2020 7:16 PM
Updated: Jun 2, 2020 8:07 PM

UPDATE: 7:54p.m., Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - Organizers of Tuesday’s planned march in Redding decided to cancel the event.

Redding Hope Initiative, the group organizing the event say it was a matter of safety for neighboring businesses. Organizers are looking to find a safe place to hold the event,

Redding Police Chief Bill Schueller tells Action News Now he was concerned about of town protestors disrupting the peaceful demonstration and damaging local business.

“We were preparing for the likely event that we did have some groups here coming to do things other than a peaceful protest and we were prepared for that,” said Schueller.

Schueller says even though organizers called off Tuesday night’s event, officers will still be patrolling the area.

Redding Hope Initiative says there are still plans to hold the event but at a later time.

UPDATE: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - A protest scheduled to take place in Redding Tuesday evening has been postponed.

Organizers for the protest said after conversations with the Redding Police Chief, they decided to postpone the demonstration. In order to protest residents, buildings, and local businesses. 

"Our hearts are to carry this out with wisdom for all parties involved," Organizers said.

Action News Now reporter Ana Torrea will provide a full report on additional details at 4, 5, and 6 newscasts.

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REDDING, Calif. - A second protest in Redding is planned for Tuesday evening.

“Enough is enough, change needs to happen, too many deaths have happened, too many deaths we've learned about,” said one person tells Action News Now.

The death of George Floyd sparked numerous protests across the country and even in Shasta County.

“People need to see that we need to treat each other with kindness, treat each other with respect and that everybody no matter what their race or color deserves kindness and respect,” said Julia Dedmon of Redding.

Action News Now spoke with the Redding Hope Initiative, the group organizing the protest. A representative says they want the protest to not only bring justice for George Floyd but also bring people together.

“Times are crazy right now but the best thing you can do is listen and read their stories and know what they go through,” said Genaro Huitro.

The Redding Police Department tells Action News Now that they will have a presence at Tuesday’s protest and are hoping the protest is a peaceful one.. RPD says that police Chief Bill Schueller will also be participating in the march.

Tuesday protest is set to start at 6:30pm at the Kohl’s parking lot in Redding.

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