Branson police discuss preparations, answer questions ahead of Saturday's protest
For the second straight weekend, a protest is planned at Dixie Outfitters in Branson.
The protest and a counter-protest is expected to begin around noon.
The Branson Police Department answered several questions ahead of Saturday's planned protest.
The [Branson Police] Department is well prepared for and has a scalable plan involving regional, state, and federal partners for the peaceful demonstrations that are planned for this weekend.
The Branson Police Department is committed to ensuring all rights are preserved and our citizens remain free to express themselves. The role of the Branson Police Department is to ensure that the law is obeyed and that everyone has their opportunity to voice their concerns in a safe manner. Police officials always make a point to meet individually with demonstrator organizers to go over the applicable laws, expectations, and how to keep everyone safe. This weekend is no different. Demonstrator organizers have been working with police to make sure everyone is able to demonstrate peacefully and safely.
The Branson Police Department has not asked any businesses in that area to close on Saturday.
Street closures are possible as officers on-site work to assess and maintain safety.
They may, depending on if they need to close sidewalks, close roads, or affect traffic. There are no plans of this nature for this weekend's demonstrations.
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