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Lawrence Police, Douglas Co. Sheriff’s Office allow protestors to stay

Lawrence protestors occupied Massachusetts St. and now law enforcement officials are asking them to relocate to a safer location.
Lawrence protestors occupied Massachusetts St. and now law enforcement officials are asking them to relocate to a safer location.(WIBW)
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 2:28 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Lawrence Police Department is allowing protesters to continue to occupy Massachusetts St.

The Lawrence Police Department says the Chief of Police made the decision on Monday afternoon, June 29, to allow protesters to continue to occupy the busy Massachusetts St. after saying earlier in the afternoon that it would arrest protesters unwilling to move to a safer location.

Lawrence Black Lives Matter Protesters took up space in front of South Park on Massachusetts St. Saturday night, June 27, to protest a distasteful drawing of George Floyd on the downtown street.

On Monday afternoon the Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Officials said they would be asking protesters to move to a safer location to allow traffic to run through the busy downtown street once again, and if protesters did not move they would be arrested.

After protesters were not compliant Interim Chief Anthony Brixius made the decision to barricade Massachusetts St. between North Park St. and South Park St. in order to keep protesters safe.

Brixius is urging the protesters to seek a Right of Way Permit to continue to occupy the street.

The Lawrence Police Department says during the course of the afternoon three notices to appear and six arrests were made.

The Police Department says it is currently investigating an incident involving a vehicle driving through protesters on the street just before 4 p.m. and are not aware of any injuries sustained.

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