Franklin police unaware of planned protests Tuesday, expects peaceful prayer vigil

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As rumors of planned protests concerning the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have spread throughout Franklin, Franklin Police Department officials shared that, as far as they know, they are only rumors.

Local pastors have planned a prayer vigil honoring the deaths of Floyd, Taylor, Arbery and more for Tuesday, June 2, and City Administrator Eric Stuckey and Police Chief Deborah Faulkner are slated to speak at the event, according to Lieutenant Charles Warner. However, officer Ryan Schuman said that FPD expects this to be a peaceful event and does not know of any other organized events in Franklin pertaining to racial issues Tuesday evening.

"We don't expect anything to happen, but obviously we're preparing just in case something does happen," Schuman said.

He said officers will be monitoring the event to ensure the safety of attendees.

The vigil is set to take place at the First Missionary Baptist Church parking lot on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.

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