UPDATE: We can confirm that the planned march this weekend has been postponed by organizers. However, out of an abundance of caution, we will continue to maintain a heightened presence both at Charleston Park and at City Hall. Our priority, first and foremost, is continuing to keep everything peaceful and safe. Again, we want to thank all those who have been helping to promote and spread our safety message. We appreciate it.
There is a planned protest scheduled for two hours Saturday afternoon at Charleston Park known as the March on Google. The organizers of this protest are not connected to the participants or to the events that led to the tragedy in Virginia last weekend.
The Police Department has a responsibility to uphold everyone’s Constitutional right to free speech, and we want you to know that we are working with both Google and with the event planners to ensure the protest is a peaceful one. Our top priority is for the safety for all those involved. While we are not publicizing specific security efforts or plans out of interest of public safety, we want you to know that we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that Saturday and its event remains a peaceful demonstration. We will continue to actively plan to provide an effective and appropriate police presence at the event and throughout the city, and we will be prepared to ensure a peaceful expression of everyone’s First Amendment rights.
Please know, we are fully aware of the concerns that have been sent to us over the past few days, and we absolutely take them into consideration. We care greatly about the safety and security of our residents in Mountain View, and again, we will do everything we can to ensure that everyone not only is able to peaceably protest, but that everyone is also safe.