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Statement from Councilman Michael Nowakowski on Tuesday Night's Protests Statement from Councilman Michael Nowakowski on Tuesday Night's Protests <div class="ExternalClass33D0D403AD894EF0923BDDCCAF24EC0F"><p>​"Last night, thousands of demonstrators descended upon the downtown area for the visit of President Trump. First, I'd like to thank all the first responders and public safety personnel for their commitment and dedication to public service by working well into the night to ensure the safety and protection of all demonstrators and supporters. I'd also like to give thanks to the community organizations such as LUCHA, Puente, Mi Familia Vota, and One Arizona who worked with the city to peacefully protest and march downtown.</p><p>Unfortunately, a very successful and peaceful expression of First Amendment rights throughout the day, was blemished by a small group of individuals who chose to express themselves in a more aggressive manner towards our law enforcement. As previously communicated in the days prior, law enforcement acted quickly and decisively to protect the community, property, and themselves. </p><p>As chair of the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee, I will make sure the actions taken by police are investigated and an after action report will be completed to determine the sequence of events. I look forward to working with our public safety to review our response and to further learn how we may improve future responses to large scale events.</p><p>Lastly, I'd like to thank the Public Works and Street Transportation Departments for the phenomenal work their staff provided to prepare for the Presidential visit and in response to last night's events. They worked into the early morning to restore our streets and public facilities for the day's normal business activities."</p></div>8/23/2017 8:20:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405