From the Mayor: Stevens Point Mayor issues statement on planned demonstrations
By Mike Wiza
Stevens Point Mayor
The city of Stevens Point is aware of multiple protests or rallies that will be happening in the city this weekend. Peaceful gatherings are not only allowed but supported by the city. Events in the city parks are still limited to less than 50 people, but other public property such as sidewalks or public parking lots do not fall under that policy. They are, however, still discouraged as the public health department guidelines indicate.
We have been in contact with organizers of these gatherings. Organizers have all indicated their desire for peaceful assemblies, and we are working with them to help ensure that. Law enforcement agencies including the Stevens Point Police Department, Portage County Sheriff’s Office, UWSP law enforcement, and Plover Police Department will have an increased presence and will uphold the laws to the best of their ability, while ensuring that the right to assemble is not infringed upon. Violations of the law will not be tolerated.
Stevens Point is a diverse community and strives to be respectful of individual rights, beliefs, and opinions. I ask that all citizens remain cognizant of those core values and respect our differences. No one should have to feel fearful or intimidated by any person or group. We are better than that.
We have no reason to believe there will be any danger to people or property with this weekend’s gatherings and encourage everyone to help ensure they all remain peaceful events.