Blaine Police Department addresses social media rumors of protest

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The Blaine Police Department is aware of social media rumors about a protest planned this Saturday, August 1, in downtown Blaine, but it has not been able to confirm those rumors.

“The rumors indicate that the city of Blaine administration, Blaine Police Department and the Sheriff's Department have confirmed that a rally is planned. This is untrue,” said Donnell Tanksley, Blaine police chief, in a July 30 news release. “At this time, the police department is not able to confirm that a protest will occur, as there are no credible sources for information to date.”

“The Blaine Police Department and the city of Blaine support citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble,” he added. “Should a peaceful protest occur, officers will work to protect the rights of those assembled.”

The press release doesn't specify which rumors it's referring to or where the rumors are posted.

In a Facebook group called “Its[sic] Blaine, That's the Name!!” a response to a post about a vandalized car said, “Well Blaine is allowing protesters to be bused [sic] in from Seattle Saturday... so you might want to keep your luxury cars at home Saturday...”

Blaine police sergeant Michael Munden said the department has fielded numerous phone calls from concerned citizens wanting to know if a protest is happening. He added that resources from partner agencies – U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office – are in place if needed.

See the full press release from the Blaine Police Department here.

 

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