PALM SPRINGS, Ca.
A Monday night Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Palm Springs is expected to draw heavy crowds on city sidewalks — but not streets — with police warning that anyone blocking roadways will be arrested.
The protest is set for 7 p.m. at Frances Stevens Park.
A Facebook post by organizers that police say has since been deleted suggested that protesters “shut down the strip” as part of the event.
That prompted Palm Springs police to reach out to organizers via social media, urging them to follow state and local laws regarding public protests and blocking streets.
Last week, the department urged protest organizers to contact the department “so that we can work with you directly and provide you with information in regards to city municipal codes and state law to ensure your group is afforded all the information needed for a safe event.”
Since then, police and organizers have been in contact, with the message made clear that protesters who block Palm Springs streets will face arrest.
A Wednesday Facebook post from organizers states that “The march will take place on the sidewalks so participants will NOT be allowed in the streets at all or arrests will be made.
We ask that all participants please respect the police since they will be there to ensure our safety.”
The protest, which will include a march along Palm Canyon Drive to Baristo Road, was originally set for July 18, but was postponed to Monday following the terror attack in Nice, France.
With the extra week to mull over the event, both organizers and police say they are prepared for a peaceful demonstration.
“We are absolutely going to prepare for a contingent of protesters and want to offer safety and protection for the group,” Palm Springs Sgt. William Hutchinson said. “As long as everyone abides by the laws of the state of California, we should have a peaceful event.”