Portland Police, BLM Maine prepare for rallly

Black Lives Matter Maine plans to hold a protest outside the Portland Police Department Saturday. The protest will call for justice for Breonna Taylor, the Louisville, Kentucky, woman shot and killed by police in her apartment in March.BLM Maine and Police Chief Frank Clark issued statements ahead of the event.Clark issued a statement Friday saying in part that organizers did not return phone calls about attempts to work with BLM Maine to ensure a peaceful and safe event. The statement added that police are concerned about traffic flow and threats made to officers on social media.Black Lives Matter Maine publicly responded to Clark’s statement about an hour later, claiming that the group did reach out to the police and that organizers are planning a peaceful event. “Civil disobedience, such as blocking streets, is a tool used to gather the attention of elected officials. We are here, Black, and ready to organize on behalf of Maine.” BLM Maine’s statement read.The rally is expected to begin at 4 p.m. in front of the Portland Police headquarters on Middle Street.

Black Lives Matter Maine plans to hold a protest outside the Portland Police Department Saturday. The protest will call for justice for Breonna Taylor, the Louisville, Kentucky, woman shot and killed by police in her apartment in March.

BLM Maine and Police Chief Frank Clark issued statements ahead of the event.

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Clark issued a statement Friday saying in part that organizers did not return phone calls about attempts to work with BLM Maine to ensure a peaceful and safe event. The statement added that police are concerned about traffic flow and threats made to officers on social media.

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Black Lives Matter Maine publicly responded to Clark’s statement about an hour later, claiming that the group did reach out to the police and that organizers are planning a peaceful event.

“Civil disobedience, such as blocking streets, is a tool used to gather the attention of elected officials. We are here, Black, and ready to organize on behalf of Maine.” BLM Maine’s statement read.

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The rally is expected to begin at 4 p.m. in front of the Portland Police headquarters on Middle Street.