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Looting and violence erupted in some cities, including Atlantic City over the last week when people gathered to protest the death of George Floyd, whose last moments were on the ground, on his stomach as a police officer in Minneapolis kneeled on his neck.
Ocean City officials were on high alert to ensure that people and property remained safe during what turned out to be a peaceful expression of marchers Tuesday. People of all ages, color, and gender, took a solemn and firm stand at the rally that took them from the Somers Point side of the Route 52 Causeway to the Ocean City Police Department headquarters.
And for the day or two before Tuesday, when the community learned of a potential protest, businesses began to board of their storefronts for fear of looting and vandalism.
City officials put together a game plan for all possible scenarios and also a way to cordon off areas, make sure there was ample police presence on the ground and via car and motorcycle and also direct and divert traffic.
Not only was the afternoon rally peaceful, but nightfall did not change the atmosphere...