DEARBORN (CBS Detroit) — In anticipation of a visit from controversial Quaran-burning Pastor Terry Jones, Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad issued a reassurance.
Haddad said in a press release he “wants to reassure the community that his department is fully prepared to facilitate the peaceful and safe visit of Terry Jones to the Dearborn area while providing seamless public safety services to the 98,153 residents of Dearborn.”
Jones and a group of followers are expected to join an event on public property near Edsel Ford High School 1 – 4 p.m on Wednesday, October 10.
“As has been done in the past, the Dearborn Police Department has coordinated a unified response with federal, state, county, and local law enforcement partners, and has been engaged with school, civic, and faith-based leaders in Dearborn,” Haddad said.
Protecting kids in school is the utmost priority, Haddad added — especially since Wednesday is an all-important MEAP testing day.
Jones most recently drew fire for showing the movie trailer for “Innocence of the Muslims” to his congregation, a controversial movie about the life of Mohammed that incited riots in the Middle East. He was asked by a high-ranking United States general to cease and desist for the sake of public safety — but went ahead anyway.