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City of Kalamazoo: racism, violence will not be tolerated

City prepared for possible demonstration this weekend
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Posted at 2:47 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 14:47:29-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Rumors of a demonstration this weekend in Kalamazoo are flying on social media. City leaders say no matter what happens, they will be ready.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Deputy City Manager Jeff Chamberlain says the city is aware of a possible protest planned by the Proud Boys, as well as possible anti-protests.

Chamberlain says the Public Safety Department is monitoring the situation.

Read the full statement below:

The City of Kalamazoo is aware of unconfirmed social media posts related to a possible protest in downtown Kalamazoo this Saturday by a group known as the “Proud Boys”, as well as possible counter-protests. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is monitoring this situation and will respond as needed to ensure the safety of our community. Bigotry and hatred in any form is not acceptable in Kalamazoo – nor is violence – and the City is prepared to act quickly if necessary.
Jeff Chamberlain, Deputy City Manager of Kalamazoo