Crowds gather in Eminence, Mo.; some carrying weapons

Published: Jun. 27, 2020 at 12:40 PM CDT
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Crowds have gathered in Eminence, Missouri in an anticipation of a protest Saturday afternoon in Shannon County.

A protest was planned in response to a death investigation dating back to 2018. A local family is concerned with how the case has been handled by the Shannon County Sheriff's Office.

The Shannon County Sheriff says credible threats were made against him, his deputies and jail staff, including threats to harm and threats to damage the courthouse and other buildings.

Sheriff Darrin Brawley says he reached out to state defense forces ahead of Saturday. The Shannon County Sheriff's Office includes the sheriff and only three other deputies, so some crowds have stationed in support of the staff.

At least 100 people have gathered in downtown Eminence around the Shannon County Courthouse and surrounding areas. KY3 observed some people carrying weapons around the area.

People have traveled from the St. Louis area, the Joplin area and other places north of Springfield. They are all here, they say, to protect the town.

The sheriff says, if protesters come to town, they too will be protected and allowed to peacefully protest.