Like many other cities through the nation, Gillette residents have taken to the streets in protest following the unlawful killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and to stand in solidarity with those who have been wrongly persecuted in a march against injustice.
Last night’s protest was by far the largest crowd as hundreds marched in a loop beginning at the Campbell County courthouse through downtown Gillette.
The arrest of Chauvin and the other three officers on scene who have also since been charged has done little to squelch the rage of protestors nationwide. Last night, Campbell County residents turned out enmasse to have their voices heard. Some were more defiant than others, resulting in a handful of arrests.
A 17-year-old man was arrested after attempting to provoke confrontation with other protesters, according to Lt Brent Wasson of the Gillette Police Department (GPD). When officers questioned the male and asked for his ID, Wasson said he fled but was quickly detained by CCSO deputies who were assisting GPD during this event.
When the deputies attempted to detain the 17-year-old, a 21-year-old Gillette man and 18-year-old female attacked the officers in response, attempting to pull them off the juvenile. Other officers came to their aid, and all three protestors were arrested for interference with a police officer.
Officers also contacted several motorcycle riders in the area who were “revving their bikes” over the sounds of the protesters. They were asked to stop as there were other people living in the area not involved in the protest. A 28-year-old Gillette man refused and was subsequently arrested for breach of peace.
Despite the handful of arrests, both Gillette Police Lt Brent Wasson and CCSO Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds declared the event a big success.
“Officers did really well, and that’s thanks to the protesters,” Wasson stated in a press briefing Friday morning. “Unfortunately, they encountered some bad weather, but overall things went extremely well.”