Breaking: Morrisville Issues Stay Clear Alert due to Scheduled Protest in Trenton
In advance of a scheduled protest set to begin in Trenton, New Jersey, Morrisville officials issued an emergency alert Sunday morning.
The alert issued a short while ago encourages the public to stay clear of the area as there will be a “strong police presence.”
Protesters, according to a number of sources, are planning to cross over the Trenton Makes Bridge into Morrisville, officials told Lower Bucks Source over the last 18 hours.
Peaceful protests were held at the Jersey state capital on Saturday reported Planet Princeton.com
The emergency alert issued by Morrisville says, “Due to protest rallies taking place in the state capital of Trenton expect increased traffic, crowds, detours and closures.”
“Avoid the area” the alert said.
Throughout Saturday and Sunday law enforcement, local, and state officials have been discussing plans on how address the potentiality of demonstrators crossing the bridge into Morrisville, sources told the publication.
One such proposed plan was to close the Trenton bridge as 3 p.m. approached, although there is no official word from confirming the plan.
Officials from the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission have yet to respond to requests for comment on their plans if protesters approach the crossing.
Morrisville Borough officials have been working from the municipal building throughout the morning planning, sources confirmed.
On Saturday, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub released an open letter to county citizens saying “People have the right to express their anger through peaceful assembly, but I don’t understand it when lawless people co-opt peaceful protests by pillaging and burning the communities around them.”
Attempts to reach Morrisville Chief of Police and Emergency Manager George McClay so far have been unsuccessful this morning.
This is a developing story with expected updates and additional coverage today. You can follow Lower Bucks Source on our Facebook page for real time updates.