Peaceful protest planned in John Day; police don’t expect trouble

JOHN DAY – A peaceful Black Lives Matter protest is planned for tomorrow, June 5th, in John Day. Local event organizers Ashley Stevick and Lindsay Rausch in a Facebook post are asking people to, “come together in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and peacefully protest.”

They encourage those interested in attending to wear a facemask.

The protest will take place from 5 until 7 p.m., with a walk beginning at 410 NW Bridge Street in John Day and through town. John Day Police Chief Mike Durr said the JDPD will be there, but they don’t expect any trouble:

“They’re just bringing attention to their cause, which is Black Lives Matter. We are not expecting any problems with them. There will be a police presence, and that is just to make sure that we have no problems with that group, which we are not expecting, or from any other group interfering with them.”

Protests have been happening around Eastern Oregon, including in Union and Umatilla Counties as well.