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Tri-State Leaders React To Breonna Taylor Case Decision

Back in the Tri-State, so far there are no planned protest, but local community leaders are reacting to the decision made Wednesday in the Breonna Taylor case.

Posted: Sep 23, 2020 6:35 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2020 9:38 AM

Back in the Tri-State, so far there are no planned protests, but local community leaders are reacting to the decision made Wednesday in the Breonna Taylor case.

The case, not just a focal point in Louisville, but in cities across America.

In Louisville, parts of the city shutdown and businesses are boarded up.

Back in the Tri-State, the current climate still calm.

44News caught up with an Evansville Reverend who shared his thoughts.

"We've had certain situations that have happened here that could have escalated just as fast as the one did in Louisville, but we just wanted to say we're thankful that we are trying to work on race relations and community relations in this community and some of the administration is willing to sit down and listen," says Rev. William Payne, Evansville. "That's the first step- is that you can get people to come to the table that are really willing to sit down and listen and willing to understand the pleas of the people."

And with many gatherings in larger cities, COVID-19 is still a major concern.

"As we've done with previous demonstrations and protests and rallies, that's fine," says Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, City of Evansville. "That's all our first amendment right. We certainly encourage that in a peaceful manner, but we also encourage it in a safe manner, so if people are inclined to gather in large crowds we do encourage social distancing if possible, but we also request, really implore people to wear masks because we can express our first amendment rights, but we can also do so and protect public health and that's what I ask people to consider."

We did reach out to local law enforcement. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says they along with Evansville Police have been trained on handling civil unrest.

Rev. Al Sharpton also weighing in on the decision Wednesday calling it "grossly insufficient."

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