Evansville Fearful of Protests Pending Election Results

With election results still slowly coming in, citizens and the Evansville Police Department talk about the possibility of protests hitting the Tri-State.

Posted: Nov 4, 2020 6:46 PM
Updated: Nov 5, 2020 12:17 PM

With election results still up in the air, the Evansville Police Department and River City residents are nervous about how people will react once votes are finally counted.

“I’m really nervous," said Shelby Stokes. "I’ve just been trying to keep my mind off of it, because it’s kind of been consuming my brain ever since early in the morning this morning.”

And those nerves extending to the Evansville Police Department, who says they’re prepared for anything to happen, including protesting here in the River City.

“We haven’t gotten any information that leads us to believe that we’ll have mass rioting, that sort of thing, depending on whichever way the election goes," said Sergeant Nick Winsett of the Evansville Police Department. "Having said that, we would be prepared for whatever might happen.”

Although EPD says they aren’t expecting any protesting or rioting to occur in Evansville, some in the River City aren’t expecting the same.

“I believe that they will protest," said Stokes. "I don’t think that it will be violent at all. I don’t think that it would be destructive, and I think it would be good-spirited, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see protests.”

EPD says they’re prepared for any type of outcry from the public, and they said a lot of their preparedness comes from having to handle protests over the summer

“It’s actually stepped up our training, so with all those things together, I think it’s helped us get ready for anything that might happen,” said Sgt. Winsett.

And EPD said they have no issue with protesting, but they ask that if you do decide to protest, to do so peacefully.

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