Ellwood City Borough's Municipal Building

Ellwood City Borough's Municipal Building

With protests popping up around the country over the weekend, Ellwood City Mayor Anthony Court is pleading any local protesters to stay peaceful.

“They have the right to protest,” Court said. “However if it turns ugly or violent, the Ellwood City PD will be forced to act.”

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets in reaction to the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during his arrest.

Court said he has heard reports that a protest would take place within the borough either Sunday or Monday during the late afternoon.

Backup law enforcement, Court said, has also been arranged in the event the demonstration turns violent.

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