Despite fears of violence, last night turned out to be a typical night for this part of the world.
There were no calls overnight to put out any fires across Starved Rock Country. No major incidents were reported either regarding any kind of looting or other violent behavior related to nationwide protests. Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei described the night as “extremely quiet”.
Many businesses in La Salle and Peru closed down early Monday as a precaution. Wild rumors of outside groups travelling to the area to cause problems at least partially led to the early shutdowns.
An incident at the Peru Mall yesterday afternoon further fueled rumors of violent behavior but Bernabei described the problem as a domestic dispute. Initial dispatch reports mentioned at least one vehicle’s windshield being damaged by someone using a baseball bat.