CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Youth for Change helped organize a Wednesday, June 3 march in downtown Casper. Their participation in the protest ended at 12:55.
The group says they are unaffiliated with demonstrators who continued marching into the afternoon. Other demonstrators have marched up and down parts of East Second Street throughout the afternoon.
A truck crashed into a tree at Conwell Park near the demonstrations at around 4 pm. Demonstrators continued marching on East Second Street.
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“Move out of the street to the sidewalk,” Casper police called out to demonstrators.
A Casper Police Department Special Response Team in in riot gear moved onto East Second Street near the Wyoming Medical Center around 4:15 pm.
Casper PD Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd said the team was deployed due to other officers responding to the car crash. She added that police believe the crash was accidental in nature.
With police also observed staging downtown, Ladd said police are there “to protect the protesters and support those wanting to express their First Amendment rights.”
The Casper Youth for Change said they were not encouraging people to continue the demonstrations.
“The CYFC protest ended at 12:55 PM MDT today,” Casper Youth for Change said in a press release. “As of 3:06 PM MDT, it appears that an additional group of protesters has continued on and is now blocking the intersection at 2nd and Wyoming Blvd. the CYFC has no affiliation with these protesters and we do not condone blocking traffic like this. George Floyd’s uncle, who we were in contact with, wanted a peaceful, respectful, silent protest.”
“In addition, the last post on our page has information on what we believe may be a right-wing extremist group here in Casper. Please see that post for more details. These two things combined are highly dangerous. We urge anyone still protesting and blocking the intersection to please stop and go home. Practicing activism is only great when it is safe.”