OGDEN -- The Weber County Commission set the commission chambers as a designated protest area for supporters of Matthew David Stewart.
"We are really pleased and we really appreciate that the county commission is trying to accommodate us," activist Jesse Fruhwirth said.
The commission said it is trying to allow residents to express themselves regardless of their beliefs.
"It's good to be living in the United States of America," Commissioner Jan Zogmaister said.
Fruhwirth and a group of protesters plan to gather at noon Friday at the Weber Center, 2380 Washington Blvd., in support of Matthew David Stewart and demonstrating against the war on drugs.
Stewart is charged with aggravated murder and seven counts of attempted aggravated murder in connection with a Jan. 4 shootout that took place as police were attempting to serve a drug search warrant at his Ogden home.
Stewart is accused of killing one officer and wounding five others. He could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Officer Jared Francom.
The rally for Stewart will begin on the front steps of the Ogden Municipal Building, 2549 Washington Blvd.
After the speakers' remarks, the group will cross Washington Boulevard and head to the Weber Center, where another presentation will take place.
The protesters initially planned to gather at the Weber County Attorney's Office.
However, the county attorney's office has only a small public reception area, which cannot accommodate a large number of people.
Officials said they do not know how many will attend, but predict at least 70 people.
"We have witnesses, we have police officers, we have people coming in all of the time, and people still need to get into that area," said Dave Wilson, chief of the civil division in the county attorney's office.
By allowing the use of the chambers, officials also hope to keep the hallways and offices clear, so public and private business can continue to operate in the center.
The commission chambers, excluding the commission seating, will remain open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Officials will not provide access to the chamber's audio equipment.
Protesters will be allowed to remain in the area as long as they do not endanger anyone's health, safety or welfare.
Signs will be posted around the building informing protesters of the designated areas.
Participants plan to present the Weber County Attorney's Office with a government records request for information on police-involved shootings.