Bucks Protests Mostly Peaceful, Police Handling Isolated Incidents

Hundreds of protesters peacefully gathered in Doylestown Monday afternoon, mirroring a smaller protest at Five Points Sunday. But police are still on the alert as isolated looting incidents occur in Lower Bucks.

The Doylestown protesters gathered at the intersection of North Main Street, West State Street, and East State Street. They held signs with slogans and chanted. They even stayed on sidewalks to avoid blocking traffic.

Doylestown police officers remained on scene in case of any escalation. Several businesses boarded up their windows a precaution.

But some police departments in Lower Bucks were not so fortunate.

In Bensalem Township, police prevented looters from breaking into the Sears at Neshaminy Mall Sunday night. Officers took one suspect into custody.

Other, unspecified incidents occurred throughout Bensalem into the evening.

“Last evening, there were attempts to loot various locations in the township. ALL attempts were stopped and numerous arrests were made,” said the Bensalem Township Police. “Rest assured that the Bensalem Township Police Department will continue to do everything in our power to protect the community that we love.”

Possibly the largest single incident occurred in Levittown at the Skyline Plaza between Veteran Highway and Dolphin Road. A group of 20 to 30 people had collected outside the businesses around 12:30 a.m. early Monday morning.

Passing Bristol Borough Police officers saw one of the individuals break the glass door of Porfirio’s Pizza And Pasta II, according to court documents. They chased down and arrested two suspects, and Middletown Township police officers arrested a third.

All three men were New Jersey residents in their 20s.

Meantime, other police departments in Lower Bucks are on high alert.

“The Falls Township Police Department is increasing staffing to expand our capabilities to respond to the civil unrest which is taking place in the larger Philadelphia and Trenton areas. Our officers will continue to work hard to protect the citizens and businesses in Falls Township,” said Lt. Nelson Whitney.

Lower Southampton Township Chief of Police Ted Krimmel released a statement to the community Monday afternoon.

“We have been actively following the recent civil disorder throughout the United States recently. We deployed officers to assist with rioting in Philadelphia, Trenton and other areas as part of a County wide effort over the weekend. I would like to reassure our residents that we have numerous extra officers assigned to patrol in an effort to suppress any criminal activity that may arise in the township. We are also working closely with our neighboring police departments to provide mutual aid.”