Seal Beach expects Saturday protest

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Black Lives Matter activists demonstrate peacefully in Eisenhower Park in protest against racism, police brutality and injustice. After the demonstration, at least one demonstrator and one police officer were seen exchanging friendly waves. Photo by Charles M. Kelly

Multiple groups have planned a demonstration for Saturday afternoon, Aug. 29, in Seal Beach to protest what an the organizers see as police burtality, injstice, and inequality and gentrification, according to online posts.

According to a statement from the Seal Beach Police Department, “The Seal Beach Police Department has no  information that this  protest will  be  anything other than a peaceful exercise of the  demonstrators’ right to assemble.”

Participants are apparently expected to gather around 2 p.m. at or near 801 Pacific Coast Highway, which is the Chase bank on the corner of PCH and Main Street, and begin a march at 3 p.m. Organizers are asking people to come by car, bicycle, annd rollerblade.

In related news, the “Possible protest activity in Seal Beach” was on the agenda for the closed session of the Seal Beach City Council set for 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26. The meeting was held after the Sun’s editorial deadline.

Peaceful protest planned for Aug. 29, 2020

By SBPD Sgt. Nick Nicholas

For the Sun

The City of Seal Beach and the  Seal Beach Police Department are aware of a peaceful protest that is planned for  this  Saturday, August 29,  2020.  The Seal Beach Police Department is committed to ensuring the  safety and security of residents, visitors and business owners, as  well as  the  safety and security of protestors who are  engaging in their lawful exercise of First Amendment rights.

The Seal Beach Police Department has no  information that this  protest will  be  anything other than a peaceful exercise of the  demonstrators’ right to assemble.  However, as seen on  a national level, planned peaceful protests have at times evolved into situations of civil unrest.  The Seal Beach Police Department is prepared to keep the  peace, protect the  Constitutional rights of all persons, protect property, and enforce the  law fairly and impartially.

“It is the right of every citizen to protest and peacefully assemble,” said Chief of Police Philip L. Gonshak. “It  is a critical component of our  democracy and is at the  very heart of the  First Amendment.”

For  updated information, follow the  Seal Beach Police Department on  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @sealbeachpolice.  Sign up  for  Nixle alerts by texting your zip code to 888777.