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Clayton issues cancellations ahead of planned protest at Shaw Park

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Protesters silently marched down Market Street  Monday (Credit: KMOV) Protesters silently marched down Market Street Monday (Credit: KMOV)
CLAYTON (KMOV.com) -

The city of Clayton is making preparations after a demonstration regarding the Jason Stockley verdict was planned to be held in the city on Wednesday.

The protest is scheduled to be held in Shaw Park at 5 p.m. Because of this, the city has announced that the Shaw Park Tennis Center will close at 3:30 p.m., the Center of Clayton will close at 4:30 p.m., and the Shaw Park Pool will not open.

Additionally, the City of Clayton's Municipal Court, scheduled for this evening at 6 p.m., has been canceled. 

Due to the possibility that the demonstration may impact traffic in the city, Clayton officials are asking residents and businesses to plan accordingly. 

In a statement, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said he has met with County police in advance of the protests, and has a plan in place to "protect the public, the businesses of Clayton and any demonstrators planning to gather here in order to lawfully exercise their right of free speech."

Some Clayton businesses said they were taking news of the closure in stride, while others said they were concerned that protests could scare away customers.

Many people who work in Clayton told News 4 they were not concerned about possible protests.

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