"Bernie Peacekeepers" work to keep DNC protests safe

Written by Rachel McDevitt/Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 28, 2016 2:51 AM

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., cheer during a protest near City Hall in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Philadelphia) - Rallies and protests during the Democratic National Convention have largely been peaceful, if loud.

During the first two days, Philadelphia Police issued a few dozen citations and the Secret Service made arrests in the single digits.

The relative calm may be due in part to a group of volunteers known as the "Bernie Peacekeepers."

Some 200 of the "peacekeepers" from around the country are in Philadelphia this week, freshly trained in non-violent resistance and keeping people safe.

Katharine Gale of Berkeley, California says she hasn't had to break anyone up yet, but at an immigration reform march during the DNC, she and others formed a barrier between the marchers and a group of counter-protesters.

"I don't think there was any real threat of violence, but it was disruptive, and people-not just Peacekeepers-just joined hands and tried to create a peaceful environment," she said.

Gale says she hopes the volunteers will show the public that Bernie Sanders' message is peaceful and they will be peaceful in supporting it.

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