Atlantic City Looks To Postpone BLM Protest Planned For Holiday Weekend

Marla Diamond
July 01, 2020 - 1:21 pm

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Atlantic City officials are attempting to postpone a planned Black Lives Matter protest from taking place this holiday weekend. 

    With casinos opening and retailers struggling to recover, Mayor Marty Small told residents in a Facebook post that he will ask the protest organizers to postpone.

    He says residents are worried the protest will deter visitors from traveling to the beach city. 

    “We have received scores and scores of emails. People said they're not coming here due to the threat. People were not feeling safe. That's not the message that we want to send,” Small said.

    The Atlantic County Pagans are promising a counter protest.

    An organizer called into Atlantic City's WPG Radio on Tuesday saying they don’t want to see violence erupt.

    “I just think this city needs to be protected. What happened at the walk back at the end of last month,” he said. “It was absolutely disgusting and will not happen with our presence in the city. It will not happen.”

    Several outlet stores were looted at what started out at a peaceful protest.

    Some are still boarded up.

    Mayor Smalls plans to meet with organizers at around 2 p.m. 

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