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City Plans To Keep Protests In Houston Peaceful

Mayor Sylvester Turner assured Houstonians that there is no room for hate and violence in this city.


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Police Chief Art Acevedo condemning the hate rallies in Virginia.

Mayor Sylvester Turner says he spoke with the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia and gathered that it's important to keep opposing groups apart.

"In our conversation [the mayor] talked about separating the groups as much as possible," Turner says.

He added that people are entitled to freedom of speech.

But city officials have the final say on where and how rallies take place.

Mayor Turner says Houston's diversity is an advantage in deterring racist rallies, but it takes more than that.

"If you just stop at diversity and don't do anything else, we miss," Turner says. "We have to be diverse. We also have to be inclusive."

If a rally were to happen in Houston, Police Chief Art Acevedo says that the Houston Police Department is ready.

"We're prepared," Acevedo says. "We got great intelligence, we got a great special response group, and most importantly we work in this city to build relationships, and we work together to facilitate the exercise of peoples’ rights."

Both the mayor and police chief agree that violent demonstrations won't be tolerated.

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