NAACP asks City of Myrtle Beach to stop bike loop for Memorial Day weekend

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The NAACP has asked the City of Myrtle Beach to stop the implementation of the bike loop for Memorial Day weekend.

An injunction was filed on February 22 by the NAACP against the City of Myrtle Beach.

“Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65, Plaintiffs hereby move for an order directing Defendants City of Myrtle Beach and City of Myrtle Beach Police Department to cease implementation of its 23-mile traffic loop during the 2019 Black Bike Week held over Memorial Day weekend,” states the injunction.

The injunction claims that the City of Myrtle Beach “has imposed a variety of unique policies and restrictions for the annual motorcycle rally held over that weekend” in “an explicit effort to minimize participation in Black Bike Week and to ultimately end the event.”

“Despite the City’s claims that the traffic loop is supposed to facilitate traffic flow, the average time to circumnavigate the 23-mile loop is over 4 hours,” the injunction also claims. “The only difference between Memorial Day weekend and every other weekend is that it is the sole weekend in the predominantly white City when the visitors are mostly African American.”

The full injunction can be read here.

In February 2018, the Myrtle Beach branch of the NAACP and three people filed a race discrimination lawsuit, alleging that the City of Myrtle Beach and the City of Myrtle Beach Police Department discriminate against African-American tourists.

More plaintiffs were added to the lawsuit in mid-February.

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