Chief Collins on Pride Festival | Business
SALISBURY - For 2013 Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins has decided that the Salisbury Pride Festival may, once again, make use of E. Fisher Street when the event takes place in June.
Citing security concerns and the inability to safely keep protesters away from participants, Collins denied the group's request to close street for the 2012 festival. In the event's first year, 2011, there were dozens of protesters who turned out and scattered reports of confrontations between the two groups.
The decision for this year's event was the result of a compromise between police and Salisbury's gay rights organization, Salisbury Pride. While agreeing to go along with the closure of E. Fisher for 2013, Collins told WBTV he still has some concerns.
"There is still some concern with respect to the intermingling of protesters and event goers and we well certainly be policing that particular area heavily," Collins said. "The reason I have decided to compromise and give the option of utilizing the street is simply because the main portion of the event is slated to take place on private property, an adjacent parking lot, actually two adjacent parking lots to the roadway will be utilized and the main stage where speakers and entertainment and performances and things of that nature will take place, which will attract the majority of the event goers, will take place all on private parking lots."Collins also pointed out that in case there are confrontations, police can act quickly. "The other aspect of this that I am comforted by is the fact that I will have the ability to close any portion of this event in the event that circumstances dictate that I need to do so, and if the event becomes unsafe where protesters and event goers are together, then I will simply close that portion of the event and force it all back on private property, and if it's out of control I will simply shut the entire event down," Collins added. The event is scheduled for June 22.
Upcoming Events near Salisbury
Most popular stories from nearby communities
- Statesville man arrested by FBI for running $44 million Ponzi Scheme, indictment says
- Deputies: Man tried to burn down home after argument with mother
- Registered sex offender arrested in Michigan for sex crimes against Iredell child
- Deputies searching for man who robbed local business
- Sheriff: Gun possibly used to shoot Marco Kauffman found in Statesville