BLM rally, counter rally bring large crowds to Berkeley Springs

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Morgan County Sheriff KC Bohrer thanked various law enforcement agencies who provided a police presence at a Black Lives Matter rally and counter rally Friday evening at Berkeley Springs State Park in a Saturday morning Facebook post.

“Thank you does not adequately show the appreciation I have for the team that came together to keep Morgan County safe and secure,” Bohrer wrote.

Reports indicate the rallies drew approximately 600 people from across the region. The Morgan Messenger reported there was plenty of shouting at each other from participants along with some pushing and shoving but no major incidents.

The gatherings broke up at about 8 p.m.

The heavy police presence Sheriff Bohrer spoke off included state police troopers, officers from the Berkeley Springs Police Department and deputies from Berkeley, Jefferson, Hampshire and Hardy counties along with DNR police.

The Morgan County Courthouse closed early Friday to allow county workers to leave the area before the gatherings if they wanted.

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