WALLA WALLA, Washington — Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Bieber is going to give a presentation at a work session of Walla Walla City Council this Monday regarding how protests are handled in the city.
Bieber says the “Where’s Cathy?” demonstration that was held at the Walla Walla County Courthouse last year caused some citizens to feel unsafe because there was a counter-protest and things got a little heated. Bieber says there were actually “plain clothes” officers at that protest, but he understands why some people still felt unsafe.
In contrast, the Walla Walla Police Department had some officers in uniform at the recent DACA protest in Downtown Walla Walla. A WWPD patrol also drove down Main Street from time to time just to remind citizens that police were watching.
Bieber’s presentation to city council will directly address the “Where’s Cathy?” protest in contrast with the DACA protest and how the WWPD will handle future protests.
Bieber says it’s a matter of allowing people to exercise their Constitutional rights and balancing that with public safety, which is something he gained experience with when he was on the police force in Portland, Oregon, during the Occupy Portland movement in 2011.
The work session will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Walla Walla City Hall.