The City of Wheaton and the Wheaton Police Department are aware of a planned protest and walk from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, June 4, starting and ending at the Wheaton Public Library. Organizers have advertised this event, “Wheaton Walks for Racial Justice,” as a peaceful protest. Protests of this nature are a protected form of the Constitutional right to free speech and assembly.
Participants are planning to walk on sidewalks. Vehicular traffic may experience some delays in the areas of Main Street and Front Streets and Main Street and Franklin Streets when the pedestrian groups are crossing these intersections.
Organizers have shared this route:
- Starting from the Wheaton Public Library parking lot
- South on Cross to Front
- West on Front to Gary
- North on Gary to Franklin
- East on Franklin to Main
- South on Main to Seminary
- East on Seminary, ending at the Wheaton Public Library Parking lot
The Wheaton Police Department has been in contact with the event’s organizer, and officers will be present for everyone’s safety. We expect this will be a peaceful gathering and we respect the right of people to assemble peacefully, but we remind attendees that violent criminal acts will not be tolerated.
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