Peaceful ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstration held in Wellsboro


WELLSBORO, Pa. (WETM-TV)- On Friday, July 10, from approximately 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM a small group of individuals held a peaceful demonstration in support of Black Lives Matter on the median of Main Street in Wellsboro.

The Wellsboro Police Department established several officers on foot throughout Main Street as well as an extra patrol vehicle to maintain peace and order.

Throughout the evening passing motorists offered both support and opposition by shouting or activating vehicle horns. Motorists and pedestrians who engaged in inappropriate conduct (stopping/walking in the roadway, impeding traffic, excessive/loud horn blowing, loud engine revving) were addressed by officers.

Near the end of the demonstration, officers did notice a man enter Main Street from the sidewalk near Timeless Destination and walk towards the demonstrators in the median. This man, who had already been spoken to on several occasions, refused officers’ commands to leave the roadway and return to the sidewalk.

Because of his refusal, the man was taken into custody by officers who determined that he was under the influence of alcohol.

The male was taken to the police department, processed, and released later that evening.

The man will receive a summons for the violation of Public drunkenness and similar misconduct.

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