MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WCBD) – BikeFest kicks off Friday in Myrtle Beach and law enforcement from across the state are lending a helping hand.
Extra officers are on patrol for the annual event and there will be a tiered response to make sure the right number of officers respond to a situation. Outside agencies will lead data retrieval and intelligence operations.
“Their expertise, such as intelligence they may have, the data software that they have for that intelligence piece,” Capt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department. “So, we’re grateful for them to come in and help us out with that.”
For the second year in a row, a judge denied the NAACP’s request to stop a 23-mile loop.
The organization sued the city in February 2018 over the loop. They claim it discriminates against African American tourists because similar traffic patterns are not in place during predominately white Harley rallies.
One man who has attended the BikeFest for 22 years says he agrees.
“I feel that they want to turn this into Disney World or some vacation destination that they want, they don’t want the black people here,“ said Jeremi Little.
When asked for comment, Myrtle Beach officials said they could not speak due to a pending lawsuit.
The NAACP says they will make sure bikers are treated fairly.
The traffic loop will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. It will be in place starting tonight and will end at 2:00 a.m. Monday.