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"We are prepared to respond" Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief says in video

Chief Vernon Coakley addresses safety measures being taken by KDPS
Posted at 12:40 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 13:52:41-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is monitoring for any potential problems on Inauguration Day says Chief Vernon Coakley in a social media video.

According to the Chief, no events or protests are planning in the city while President Joe Biden is sworn into office.

Kalamazoo was the site of violence in August 2020 when member of the Proud Boys movement and counter protesters clashed near Arcadia Creek Festival Place.

Read the full transcript of the Chief's video below

"Good afternoon community. My name is Vernon Coakley, Jr. I have the privilege of serving as Chief of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. As we embark on this historical day for our nation, I'm committed to keeping our community informed about the plans of keeping the residents, visitors, businesses safe in Kalamazoo on this Inauguration Day and beyond. I'm pleased to report that at this time, we have no planned events or protests in our city. However, we are continually monitoring the situation from the emergency Coordination Center here at Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. We are prepared to respond if necessary. Throughout today. I will provide updates on our social media pages. if things change you can find us at Kalamazoo Public Safety on Facebook @KzooPublicSafety on Twitter, and at Kalamazoo public safety, one word on Instagram. Hey, Kalamazoo. Stay safe, stay warm. And we'll see you soon."