City of Dearborn prepares for controversial Florida pastor's visit

Terry Jones, his followers planning another visit to Dearborn

Published On: Oct 09 2012 02:33:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 10 2012 07:07:06 AM EDT
Pastor Terry Jones
DEARBORN, Mich. -

In response to inquiries from concerned parents and community leaders, Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad says he wants to reassure the 98,153 residents of Dearborn that his department is prepared for controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones to visit the city on Wednesday.

The pastor has visited Dearborn in past attempts to protest outside of the Dearborn Islamic Center and during an Arabic festival after drawing international criticism for burning a Quran.

Jones later sued the city after he said his rights to protest were violated.

Dearborn officials say they anticipate that Jones and a group of his followers will be gathering on public property near Edsel Ford High School between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Haddad says the city has coordinated a unified response with federal, state, county, and local law enforcement partners, and has been speaking with school, civic, and faith-based leaders in Dearborn in preparation for the visit.

City officials say schools will proceed with their normally day which includes scheduled MEAP testing.

Haddad says despite the challenges presented by Jones' previous visits, the department's primary mission is to ensure that the 22,300 children attending schools experience an uneventful, safe, and productive school day.