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Sheriff’s Office declares readiness for protests in Dawson County
Protesters gather outside the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta on May 30, 2020. (Photo by Beau Evans)

Protests and riots have erupted across the nation over the last week following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, a black man who died shortly after being taken into custody by a white officer in Minnesota.

Though no protests have been scheduled in Dawson County, Sheriff Jeff Johnson announced on Sunday that numerous additional deputies were called in over the weekend to maintain a visible presence in the community and respond to gatherings if needed. 

“In light of the recent protests and riots occurring in Atlanta and neighboring jurisdictions, we understand that there are concerns throughout our community,” Johnson said in a post on Facebook. “Although we did not receive any specific information that Dawson County was being targeted; the vagueness of the threats did elicit an increased presence and response from our sheriff’s office.

Johnson said that the agency would continue to monitor intel reports and work with state and neighboring law enforcement agencies as situations nationwide continue to unfold. 

“We appreciate the continued support from our community and will continue to update with any concerns,” he said.