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Kane sheriff pledges action against violent protests in wake of George Floyd's death

SWAT, Bomb and K-9 units ready to deploy if needed

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain
Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain announced that the sheriff’s office will not tolerate acts of violence against the community, county citizens, or police officers by unassociated antagonizers who try to insert themselves in planned events, according to a news release from his office.

While Hain stated in the release that he understands and sympathizes with the community’s concern and heartache over the unfortunate death of George Floyd at the hands of police, his office will continue to focus its resources to operate in concert with local police agencies in effort to quell any unlawful disturbances.

“We have witnessed unjust acts of violence against many fine business establishments in the area creating theft and destruction,” Hain stated in the release. “We have also experienced attacks on our outstanding law enforcement officers holding the line against unlawful activity, only hoping to go home to their families when the dust finally settles.”

Sheriff’s deputies have served in Geneva, Aurora, North Aurora and Naperville and will be deployed in other areas of the county throughout the week ahead.

Hain has activated all 90 of our sworn deputy staff to be on the immediate call-out ready, with emphasis on SWAT, Bomb and K-9 specialty units.

Hain's office has also tapped into the vast resources and experienced personnel within the 120-member corrections division and are employing them in various support roles in the field, to include crowd control and arrest transport, the release stated.

Citizens may also see packs of sheriff’s patrol cars working together to respond to flash mob and looting reports.

Hain has and will continue to support, speak with and walk with peaceful organized protesters in support of spreading a positive message and creating awareness for change, like many productive community activists have done thus far, according to the release.

“We live in a modern court and police system that finds swift action against police officers utilizing excessive force and we now look to proper court proceedings to bring justice for Mr. Floyd and some peace to his family,” Hain stated in the release.

“For citizens and business owners, be wary of the random, invalidated reports of mob action or roving criminal activity on social media and pay close attention to your local government, police, and sheriff’s social media for credible warnings,” Hain stated in the release.

Businesses near planned protest locations may want to consider closing before, during, and the evening after those events. If businesses contain retail items, they may wish to consider additional fortifications of their buildings.

“Rest assured, we will continue to work to preserve the safety and property of our citizens and bring a swift close to violent acts in our county,” Hain stated in the release.

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