Sault Police Chief reminds citizens of rules for demonstrations

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has seen two demonstrations so far that were related to the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. Two more are planned and others will probably follow. The police department would like to thank those that organized and those that attended the protests in working with the department to make sure the events were peaceful with no unruly activities.

The City has a long history of respecting the citizens’ rights to protest and to be heard for their various causes. These rights are guaranteed to all U.S. citizens through the Constitution and are strongly supported by the City government.

The police department would like to remind everyone that all demonstrations and protests must be kept peaceful. Do not allow disruptive individuals that may cause damage or injure other individuals to participate in your event. This type of activity will require police involvement and could discredit the message that you are trying to get out. 

Any event that is planning to have a march that would require the closure of any street will require the sponsor to complete a Special Event/Temporary Street Closure application available from the City Engineer’s Office at https://www.saultcity.com/permits-and-forms. The approval process for this permit takes time so plan ahead. Marches and stationary demonstrations that are kept on the sidewalk do not require the permit; however, for your safety and of the general public, all traffic controls (lights, stop signs, crosswalks, etc.) must be observed.

The employees of the City, including the police department, are here to help you have a successful event. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. Good luck and please be safe.

John Riley
Police Chief

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