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Duluth leaders monitoring Saturday’s ‘peaceful’ protest, ready to respond if event escalates

DULUTH, MN -- As protestors plan to gather around the state Saturday seeking justice in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, city of Duluth leaders say they are closely monitoring an afternoon gathering planned for the downtown area.

The peaceful protest is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. near the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie memorial on East 1st Street.

City leaders said Saturday they have been in communication with the event's organizers and they fully expect the gathering will remain peaceful. However, city officials are ready to respond should the event escalate.

"We are asking for community members to stay calm, and that if they participate in today’s events to remain peaceful," city officials wrote.

Floyd's death in Minneapolis has been the source of nationwide unrest, as groups gather to call for justice against the white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, seen kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than 8 minutes Monday night during an arrest.

Chauvin was arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter Friday.

Briggs LeSavage

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