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Portsmouth Police preparing for possible protests, civil disturbances

Posted at 2:33 PM, May 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-01 22:45:24-04

Portsmouth, Va. - Portsmouth Police say they are taking steps to ensure safety in the community amid rumored possible protests and civil disturbances that may occur in the next several days.

They said no official protests have been planned but the department has plans in place to ensure the safety of the citizens and businesses within the community.

The department also said they understand the pain the recent officer-involved shootings have caused to the families involved and the community the department serves. However, they are concerned due to the recent events across the nation.

Police Chief Ed Hargis says he understands and fully supports the right of any community member to exercise their right to free speech and to peacefully assemble and that the Portsmouth Police Department will assist these individuals and groups in any way they can.

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