Protests planned for Martin Luther King Day

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KANSAS CITY, Mo — Kansas City Police said they intend to closely monitor Martin Luther King Jr Day protests, marches and rallies that are planned to take place Monday.

The protesters will use the protest as an opportunity to highlight the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Some protesters here in metro said they intend to be arrested for civil disobedience according to police chief Darryl Forte.

A four mile march is planned to begin at the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church at 1:30 p.m.

Chief Forte said police will keep everyone safe by “engaging professionally with anyone who endangers themselves or others during protests.”

“Having the police and the community know each other and I think we’ve already seen the benefits of what I’m talking about, is that things start working differently, crime starts coming down, trust starts to get built communication starts back and forth things move better and we always have to be mindful of that, work on that every day,” Mayor Sly James said.

Several events have been planned for Martin Luther King Jr Day. These events include:

A list of events:

Monday, January 19th- National Day of Action

4 Mile March

1:30- 3:00 pm
Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
2310 E. Linwood Blvd, KCMO

MLK Forum: Changing Systems of Racism, Poverty, & Militarism

3:30- 5:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
2313 E. Linwood, KCMO

Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee KC

Kansas City MLK Day Memorial & March for Victims of Police Brutality

7:00 p.m.
Prospect & Cleaver, Kansas City, MO