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Myrtle Beach police chief counsels others for Memorial Day weekend

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach Chief Warren Gall spoke bluntly to a room that quickly filled up with law enforcement officers in town to help out during Bikefest and Memorial Day Weekend. 

Chief Gall told them their authority will be tested, they might be threatened or even assaulted, but he stressed that these officers need to do everything they can to not be "the spark.”

Chief Gall said with everything that has happened with police officers across the country recently, the spotlight is on police. Gall said it only takes one little thing to cause an officer to lose his or her composure or control.

There are officers from more than 30 different agencies in town this weekend. The high demand for a bigger law enforcement presence comes after last year's violence including the triple murder at Bermuda Sands.

Mayor John Rhodes also spoke at the briefing. In his own words, Rhodes said 95 percent of people in town this weekend are here to have fun but the mayor went on to say it is the other five percent you have to worry about.

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