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Backpack left at site of Rosa Parks statue unveiling in San Bernardino checked, found to be safe

By in Press Enterprise on February 3, 2018

By Michael Watanabe

Shortly after a San Bernardino ceremony honoring Rosa Parks had ended on Friday afternoon, a report of a backpack left at the site prompted a police response, officials said.

But before authorities arrived, someone who wasn’t with law enforcement had peeked inside – and determined the backpack wasn’t dangerous, said California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Alvarez.

When CHP officers arrived, they confirmed the backpack wasn’t dangerous – and turned it in to lost and found, Alvarez said.

Friday’s ceremony culminated with the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks at the Rosa Parks State Memorial Building at 464 W. 4th St. in downtown San Bernardino. The ceremony ended about noon.

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