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Authorities close park on July 4th, tell 300 people to leave

July 6, 2018

BUCKEYSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Authorities say roughly 300 people were told to leave a Maryland park on the Fourth of July because neighbors complained about loud music, people drinking alcohol and parked cars.

But, Ballenger Creek resident Margarita Kersey tells The Frederick News-Post that Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies didn’t give she and her family a reason for why they had to leave Buckeystown Park.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Maj. Tim Clarke says neighbors were berated by people in the park when they asked them to move their cars. Deputies closed the park for public safety when people weren’t cooperating.

Kersey says she is Hispanic and almost everyone in the park was too. She believes authorities assumed they’d gathered because of their ethnicity.

County Parks and Recreation director Jeremy Kortright says nothing about the closing was over race.

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com

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