In preparation for the upcoming white supremacist rally slated for next weekend, the city of Newnan released a comprehensive FAQ on Thursday afternoon.
Assistant City Manager Hasco Craver said the list was a compilation of commonly asked questions received by the city since the recent announcement of the rally.
The city of Newnan received a Pavilion Rental Agreement from the National Socialist Movement on March 5, 2018. Upon review for adherence to stated policies, the city executed the agreement on March 15, 2018.
As stated in the agreement, the National Socialist Movement will be hosting a political rally between 3 and 5 p.m. in Greenville Street Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
The agreement states that the event will likely include 50 – 100 people.
Numerous traffic detours and road closures will be in place on Saturday, April 21. In addition, a number of local, state and federal agencies will join the city of Newnan’s public safety personnel that day to provide for the successful management of the event.
"At this time, the City of Newnan feels it is appropriate to close portions of Greenville Street, LaGrange Street and Salbide Avenue nearby, adjacent to and surrounding Greenville Street Park,” Craver said.
Additional street closures may occur and may be announced at a later date.
Craver said the city recognizes the inconvenience temporary street closures may create for residents and business alike; however, the city feels it appropriate to promote public safety.
“The city of Newnan, in consultation with numerous local, state and federal agencies, has developed a public safety plan that is designed to ensure the safety of our citizenry as well as the preservation of public and private property,” Craver said.
“We're aware of recent activities in our country that include the actions of similar protests and counter protests.”
Craver said the city has a responsibility to protect free speech rights, the individuals and groups that chose to exercise those rights and the broader community in which those rights may be exercised.
“We're taking very seriously multiple concerns regarding the safety of all persons and property,” Craver said. "In order to meet that obligation, we've been preparing a robust public safety plan. The city of Newnan is committed to ensuring public safety and will utilize the resources needed to execute the public safety plan."
Q: When will the demonstration take place?
A: The event will take place between 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Q: Where will the demonstration take place?
A: The event will take place at Greenville Street Park.
Q: Will the Newnan Police Department provide routine patrol services throughout the city while managing the demonstration?
A: Yes, the Newnan Police Department will provide a consistent level of service in all patrol zones prior to, during and after the scheduled demonstration.
Q: When will the roadways surrounding Greenville Street Park be closed to traffic?
A: The Newnan Police department will begin closing traffic along nearby roadways at 10:00 a.m.
Q: Will counter-demonstrators have a designated area to gather?
A: Yes, public safety personnel have designated an area for counter-protesters to gather; the designated gathering place is currently located along Greenville Street.
Q: Will individuals and/or groups be permitted to gather at the demonstration outside of the designated gathering areas?
A: No, in order to protect the safety of persons and property, individuals and groups will be asked to gather in a designated area.
Q: Will individuals/groups other than the demonstrators be permitted entrance into Greenville Street Park during the scheduled event?
A: No, only members of the demonstrators will be permitted access to Greenville Street Park during the scheduled demonstration.
Q: When will the roadways surrounding Greenville Street Park be reopened to traffic?
A: The Newnan Police Department will reopen all roadways upon the successful dispersing of all demonstrators and counter-demonstrators.
Q: How many public safety agencies will be involved in the management of the demonstration?
A: Over 20 public safety agencies have been consulted during the planning phase of the demonstration; 400+/- public safety personnel from local, state and federal agencies will be present to assist with the management of the demonstration.
Q: How can the public receive updates related to the demonstration?
A: Members of the general public should review local media sources as well as any/all updates posted on the city of Newnan’s website and social media channels.
Q: Will individuals in violation of any local, state or federal laws be arrested?
A: Yes, the Newnan Police Department, in conjunction with numerous public safety agencies, will make arrests as needed to preserve the public’s safety and welfare.
Q: Will the demonstrators be permitted to demonstrate outside of Greenville Street Park?
A: No, the Pavilion Rental Agreement permits the demonstrators to host a demonstration within Greenville Street Park.
Q: Will individuals be permitted to carry firearms?
A: Yes, according to Georgia law, law-abiding individuals are permitted to carry firearms in public spaces.
Q: Will EMS/Ambulance/First Aid be made available to support the demonstration?
A: Yes, members of local and regional EMS/Ambulance/First Aid services will be readily available to assist as needed.
Q: Will traffic detours be clearly marked to promote the safe travel of motorists along city roadways during the demonstration?
A: Yes, sufficient detour signs as well as uniformed officers will be on hand to assist with the safe travel of motorists around the scheduled demonstration.
Q: Is there a specific hotline to call if I feel I need public safety assistance?
A: No, please dial 911 if an emergency; numerous public safety agencies will be present and available to promote the public safety of our citizenry.
Q: Is the city of Newnan responsible for bearing any costs associated with the demonstration?
A: Yes, according to legal counsel and court rulings, the local jurisdiction is responsible for bearing any costs associated with the scheduled demonstration.
Q: Are there alternative events being planned and hosted by community groups in reaction to the scheduled demonstration?
A: Yes, numerous individuals and community groups are hosting events throughout the community on various dates; please review local media sources for more information related to alternative events.