Sheriff Dutton asks Montanans to keep protests peaceful

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 20:53:54-04

LINCOLN — When Lewis & Clark County Sheriff addressed the public at Lincoln's Government Day, he made a point to ask people that if they do protest in response to George Floyd's death, to keep it peaceful.

"It took one person to spark protests around the world. It can take one person to spread the peace, although it may take a little longer," said Dutton.

With protests scheduled or already taking place across the state, Dutton said that his office and others around the state will be in attendance as peace officers, there to ensure things go smoothly.

"They're coming out to protest. That's their first amendment right. We accept that and we understand that," said Dutton. "Where it crosses into a riot and endangers people's lives and property. That's where we have to get involved. That's not protected. As peace officers, and I say peace officers pointedly, we keep the peace. We work until there's peace established."