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Press Contact: Andrew Frankel, Sergeant , (510) 981-5780

PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS IN ANTICIPATION OF CIVIC CENTER PARK EVENT

Berkeley, California (Friday, March 03, 2017) - There is a rally and march scheduled to occur on Saturday, March4 at 2:00pm in Civic Center Park.  At this point, it remainsunclear as to how many people will be in attendance or if the flowof traffic may become impeded.  Demonstrations can be dynamicevents, with the potential to transform from peaceful assembliesand expressions of First Amendment speech, to an event where someendeavor to commit acts of violence.  Accordingly, theBerkeley Police Department is continually evaluating developmentsand planning for a number of contingencies.
 
For those who intend on coming to the event we offer the followingpublic safety tips:

  •  If you witness a criminal act, move to somewhere safe,and report it to BPD. 
  • If you are calling to report an emergency from your cellphone,call (510) 981-5911.  For non-emergency calls for service theBPD Communications Center can be reached at (510)981-5900. 
  • Consider photographing and or filming the criminal activity andthose involved only if you are at a safe distance.  Criminalshave attacked peaceful protesters capturing video or takingphotographs. You can upload files from any device by clicking on http://bit.ly/berkvideo.
  • Separate yourself and keep a significant distance from thoseengaging in illegal behavior, such as throwing rocks or bottles,vandalizing or looting.

Should there be any developments, we will continue provideupdates via Nixle, which you can sign up for at CityofBerkeley.info/police. We remain committed to providing for the safety and security of thegeneral public, while both monitoring and facilitating any peacefuldemonstration. The Berkeley Police Department will make everyattempt to quickly identify and/or arrest those specificallyinvolved in criminal activity or violence. Community members'rights are of the utmost importance and our goal is to ensure asafe environment for everyone involved.

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