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Posted on: May 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] A statement from Police Chief Steven Roser and the Prescott Valley Police Department

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The Town of Prescott Valley is not immune from the protest that has been occurring around the country. Saturday night at approximately 7:00 PM several subjects arrived at the courtyard/parking lot area of the Prescott Valley Police Department and began to protest the unnecessary death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  At times the numbers exceeded 150 participants.

Police discovered that there were two individual groups involved in the protest. One group protested the unreasonable force used by law-enforcement throughout the country during various events and incidents including the George Floyd incident. The other group was supporting law enforcement in general.

At times, the discussions became contentious between the two groups, causing our law enforcement officers to place themselves between the two groups and in harms way. After lengthy and often heated discussions between the two groups, law enforcement was able to convince the pro-law-enforcement group to leave the area and allow the others to peacefully protest their concerns.

The Prescott Valley Police Department also requested the assistance of our local law enforcement partners to assist in this protest and to help answer calls for service. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Prescott Police Department provided several officers to assist our town and department. Furthermore, the Prescott Valley Police Department called in off-duty staff to protect the rights of everyone at the location, to ensure that nothing was damaged, and that laws were not violated. Several arguments escalated into minor fights throughout the event; however, no one was injured. The remaining group peacefully left the area around midnight. We are pleased to say there were no reported injuries and no damage that occurred during this event.

The Prescott Valley Police Department wants to remind everyone that we are here to protect and serve everyone within our community. Our officers are highly trained professionals who deserve respect from everyone they serve. Why? Because we truly respect the rights of everyone and are simply trying our best to keep the community safe from all. We will not tolerate violence towards anyone, nor will we allow people to violate the laws of our country, state, and community. Those who wish to protest have that right to do so peacefully; however, they do not have the right to infringe on peace and tranquility of our beautiful town or neighbors.

The Prescott Valley Police Department is asking that if you wish to protest, please do so respectfully and peacefully. Do not confront those with differing views than yourself. Understand that we are not the same; each of us has different views and positions. This is the beauty of a diverse and peaceful community. We respect your right to speak peacefully and want to Thank You ALL for speaking your mind without causing concerns for others.

The Prescott Valley Police Department also thanks the other agencies who supported us in keeping our Town safe. #WEHEARYOU

The Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies, or 1-800-932-3232 for Yavapai Silent Witness.

 

REMEMBER: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

 


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