Chief stations officers in riot gear at city hall

Police chief explains riot gear outside city hall

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Jonesboro police chief addressed concerns Tuesday night over police officers in riot gear stationed in front of the city hall.

Chief Rick Elliott told Region 8 News that his department is always developing contingency plans as any situation develops with these protests.

Some demonstrations in other parts of the state and the nation have taken a violent turn.

Chief Elliott said while he doesn’t anticipate that to happen here in Jonesboro, his officers do need to be prepared.

That’s why he stationed officers near Tuesday night’s protest, but out of the way to let demonstrators freely express their thoughts without fear of repercussion.

He added it’s all about the safety of the community.

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