June 4, 2020
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Watertown police issued a news release Wednesday night saying they’ve received “numerous unsubstantiated reports” regarding protesters in the Watertown area.

Protests, some violent and destructive, have sprung up worldwide following the May 25th death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Four police officers are charged in his murder. 

Sergeant Nic Ahmann says police, “support the constitutional right to assemble and peacefully protest, and will always protect those that choose to do so.”

The release says, “police and the Codington County Sheriff’s Office stand together, ready to protect life and property should any protest move toward unlawful action.”

Arrests were made at protests in Sioux Falls and Rapid City, Peaceful protests have been held in Pierre and Aberdeen.