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Chief Responds To Reports Law Enforcement Asked For Militia Groups Help At Protest

Redding Police Chief Bill Schueller says it’s ridiculous to suggest that law enforcement would call on a local militia group to back them up on crowd control. There were unsubstantiated reports in some local media that some observers of Tuesday night’s Black Lives Matter protest on Court Street had been asked to be there in case things got out of the control of police. Chief Schueller says no such request was made, either by his office or the sheriff’s department. He added that he was pleased that there were virtually no violent or destructive issues with the crowd of more than 500. Apparently there was an incident involving a slashed tire, but it was never reported to police.