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Police, organizers prepare for Black Lives Matter rally

Posted at 11:24 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 23:24:01-04

Police and organizers are preparing for a Black Lives Matter rally, that is happening Wednesday night in Bidwell Park.

"Our Buffalo Police Department is always there professionally, doing their job making sure people can gather, making sure people can protest," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

With other Black Lives Matter rallies becoming violent across the nation, Buffalo organizers say the city and community don't have to worry about this one getting out of control.

"That's one of my two main rules I ask people make sure it stays peaceful," said organizer Acour Dour. "Don't come with a 'screw the police' attitude."

Dour says this will be a peaceful rally, filled with people, coming together to spread the message that Black Lives Matter.

"It has to be peaceful," Dour said. "If we go there and cause a ruckus, it will completely diminish what we stand for. We are not asking for a new America, I just want a chance where my life is valued and I'm equal."

The rally is expected to draw hundreds. Organizers are encouraging everyone to wear black. 

It starts in Bidwell Park at 6:00 p.m.