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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Lawrenceville Police Department to Enforce Public Assembly Guidelines

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To the residents and visitors of Lawrenceville,

The unprecedented events that have occurred over the past few months have been challenging to citizens of all walks of life. From COVID-19 to peaceful protests, we have all been affected in our own, unique way. During these times, we at the Lawrenceville Police Department have done everything in our power to help support those who wish to share their opinions with the public, while maintaining public safety.

As we begin to move forward, learn and grow as a community, we must do so in an organized manner. During the past few weeks, the City of Lawrenceville has worked to accommodate those wanting to express their emotions through impromptu marches and gatherings in the City.  In order to protect the safety of participants, visitors and citizens, it is time for us to return to our normal operations regarding public gatherings.  Therefore, from this day forward, demonstrations and/or any organized public events must go through the standard approval process as set forth by City ordinance.  The City of Lawrenceville’s Parades and Assemblies Ordinance was designed with public safety in mind, but also allows citizens’ voices to be heard by the general public. Following the standard approval process will also ensure the proper allocation of city resources.  Interested parties may download the Public Assembly Application or contact the Planning and Development Department at 678.407.6588.

As the primary law enforcement agency for those who live and work in the City of Lawrenceville, it is our duty to protect all citizens equally. With that responsibility comes the task of enforcing laws while giving public voice to our citizens. To properly maintain this balance, we will continue to enforce state laws like Pedestrian in the Roadway (OCGA 40-6-96) and Illegal Stopping in the Roadway (OCGA 40-6-203). While these acts are not only dangerous to the general public, they are also a danger to those involved in demonstrations.

While other cities struggle to maintain order, we are proud that our residents and visitors have expressed themselves in a constructive manner to promote change. We look forward to our continued participation as a helpful part of that future. We are committed to upholding the rights of those who wish to be heard, while protecting the safety of all. 

For additional information regarding the Lawrenceville Police Department, please visit our webpage and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Nextdoor.  To learn more about the City of Lawrenceville, follow the City on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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