Chris Banks

Demonstrators at the Arkansas State Capitol last June following George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
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With the conviction Tuesday of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is prioritizing safety first, as he anticipates potential demonstrations that may occur in the state and throughout the nation.

“We understand that there may be civil protests that will occur,” Hutchinson said at a press conference. “We are prepared to make sure that they can be handled peacefully and that we can make sure that the protestors, if that is the case, are well protected and have the right to exercise their first amendment.”