Greensburg police plan to increase presence during BLM, Trump rallies

Greensburg police plan to increase presence during BLM, Trump rallies

GREENSBURG, Pa. — Police in Greensburg are monitoring two rallies that may converge this weekend.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday, supporters of President Donald Trump are expected to hold an “election integrity” demonstration outside of the Westmoreland County Courthouse.

At the same time, Black Lives Matter activists are scheduled to rally in the area as part of a regular demonstration that’s been taking place there in recent months.

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Police told Channel 11 they received word that the BLM event now may be conducted in a motorcade style.

Officers do not anticipate that the groups will clash, and they expect a peaceful outcome. Police believe it’s coincidental that both were scheduled concurrently.

With that said, there will be an increased police presence just in case the situation turns volatile.

“We’re bringing in the other shift an hour early, so we’ll have double the amount of police officers that we typically would,” said Capt. Shawn Denning.

Officers expect congestion in the area, so you may want to consider avoiding the immediate streets around the courthouse during those events.

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