Boynton police receive threat of violence aimed at council meeting

10:54 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 Local
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A threat of a violent protest at the Boynton Beach City Commission meeting on Tuesday night, where officials were to decide on whether to become a “sanctuary city,” caused an usually high number of officers to be in attendance and escort the mayor and commissioners into the building.

Usually, two police officers attend the commission meetings and are available to escort an unruly speaker outside or quiet a crowd down, but there were more than a handful of officers present Tuesday.

Officers received a tip before the meeting when an anonymous 911 caller said there was going to be a violent protest at the meeting. A Be On The Lookout (BOLO) memo said police were trying to locate a man who on Facebook postings spread information about potential violent protests.

Officers spoke with the man but found that he was not the originator of the post, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. She said officers had no reason to suspect anything further regarding his involvement.

“This was us doing our due diligence before a meeting,” Slater said. “We have a responsibility to keep all members of the public safe while exercising their first amendment rights.”

There was no violence at the meeting.

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