Security a priority for Bridge Crossing Jubilee

Published: Mar. 1, 2020 at 11:13 AM CST
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SELMA, Ala. (WSFA) - Sunday, thousands of people will cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in downtown Selma for the 55th annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

The event commemorates the over 500 African Americans who crossed the bridge 55 years ago, demonstrating their right to vote.

According to the Selma Police Department, the streets of downtown Selma are expected to be packed with people.

"We are expecting anywhere from around 30 to 60 thousand plus better here this weekend for the 55th anniversary Jubilee,” said Selma Patrol Division Commander Captain Johnny King.

Security is the police department’s top priority. Scooters, K-9 units, drones, and golf carts will be used for the utmost safety.

"We have canceled all off days for officers, no one is off this weekend, our whole staff will be out manning the streets and being visible,” said King.

Several Democratic Presidential Candidates are expected to be in attendance, which requires extra patrolling.

"We have the Dallas County Sheriff Department assisting us, the Lowndes County Sherriff Department, we are thankful for them, and of course ALEA, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, they will be patrolling the outer perimeter,” said King.

Aside from the presidential candidates, other high profile politicians are also making their way into Selma. One of them includes Atlanta, Georgia Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. She made her appearance Saturday at the Alabama Conference for Black Mayors.

“We represent in the south diversity that we have not yet seen in this election cycle. So on this historic weekend, and leading up to Super Tuesday, it's great to be here as an elected official but even more importantly just as somebody who has been a beneficiary of the right legacy that's here in Selma,” said Bottoms.

Alabama is the first of the 13 Super Tuesday States where candidates are campaigning.

A presidential candidates forum is scheduled for Sunday at the Wallace Community College at 4 p.m. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and possibly others are expected to be there.

Candidates Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Mike Bloomberg are said to be participating in the Jubilee.

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