Area law enforcement agencies prepare for federal execution demonstrations

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Vigo Co. Sheriff’s Office and Terre Haute Police Department are preparing for protests in response to federal executions resuming on July 13.

Protesters will be screened and transported from Voorhees Park and Miss Softball America to the Terre Haute federal prison based on their death penalty views.

Vigo Co. Sheriff John Plasse said they want to ensure that the demonstrations remain peaceful.

“We plan with city, state and federal officials to make sure that all the support is there that’s needed. We don’t plan on anything bad happening, but we are prepared for that. We hope for the best and an eventful day and everyone gets their point across and we move on,” Plasse said.

Terre Haute Police Department’s Detective Bradley Rumsey said they aren’t anticipating large crowds next week.

“At this point we’re not anticipating for things to go anywhere beyond peaceful. As far as the demonstrations go. I think that they’ve got it well on hand based on how things went last time with the McVeigh execution, it kind of carried over to this time as far as how they’re doing things,” he said.

Roads on the north and south side of the prison will be blocked off starting Monday, July 13.

Sheriff Plasse said drivers in the area should plan ahead.

“If they’re planning to go this way, they should probably take an alternate route and there’s plenty of roads that they can turn around to do that,” he noted.

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