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WHEREAS, the recent incident in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that resulted in the tragic death of George Floyd has given rise to protest marches and assemblies in Minneapolis and in cities throughout the country and during the course of said marches and assemblies in Minneapolis, civil disorder occurred resulting in significant destruction of public and private property by fire and other means in looting of private property and in general civil unrest; and
WHEREAS, one or more public marches, assemblies and/or protests occurred in the City of West Fargo on this day, Saturday, May 30, 2020; and
WHEREAS, there is evidence that said marches, assemblies and/or protests have not, or will not remain peaceful, that such marches and assemblies will become violent to persons or property and will rise to a substantial and dangerous level of civil disturbance, disorder, riot, insurrection and/or other occurrence; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to N.D.C.C. § 40-05-01, subsection 33, the City of West Fargo has the authority to keep and preserve, “the peace and quietude of the municipality, prevent disorderly conduct, prohibit public intoxication, and prevent and suppress riots, affrays, disturbances, and disorderly assemblies in any place”; and
WHEREAS, the President of the City Commission has the authority pursuant to the West Fargo Home Rule Charter to declare a State of Emergency if the President of the City Commission finds that the City of West Fargo, or any part thereof, is in imminent danger of suffering civil disturbance, disorder, riot, insurrection and/or other occurrence which will seriously and substantially endanger the health, safety and property of the citizens.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand to be affixed this 30th day of May, 2020.