Boise Police reaching out to group leaders ahead of planned demonstration

Posted at 10:20 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 19:44:11-04

BOISE, Idaho — Members of the Boise Police Department are contacting individual group leaders ahead of a planned demonstration at City Hall next Tuesday. In a series of tweets, BPD says they want to make sure everyone can safely and effectively exercise their rights to free speech.

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"I think it's always appropriate for us to talk to [protesters], regardless of what side of any political issue they may land on, whatever the content of their speech is," Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee said. "If we can help facilitate, coordinate, and ensure that it's peaceful and lawful, it's in our interest to do it."

If you plan on attending the demonstration, Boise Police is reminding people officers will work to stop violence of any kind, as well as property damage.

In the tweet, BPD says "we will also work to hold those responsible for any violent act or vandalism accountable under the laws of the State of Idaho and City of Boise."

If you are a group leader, contact a Boise Police protest liaison at 208-296-1658.