Augusta Police Not Responsible for Vehicles Towed at BLM Event
It was a historic day in our State's Capital as more than a thousand people gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.
However, as the day went on, I saw more and more people complaining on social media that the Augusta Police Departments was having several vehicles wrongfully towed and that officers were 'laughing at people' who were showing up to find their vehicles missing.
As it turns out, however, you can't always believe everything you read on Facebook. According to a post on their Facebook page, Augusta Police say they were made aware of several vehicles that were towed during the protest from a private lot in the city. They also indicated in the same post that the department does not have authority to have vehicles removed from private property and that it can only be done by the actual property owner.
Augusta Police say they keep a log of all vehicles that they make tow requests for and that they, in fact, did not make any such requests during the Black Lives Matter protest yesterday.
If you or someone you know did have a vehicle towed from a private lot yesterday, you'll want to reach out to the property owner and discuss it with them. If we obtain any new information on which lot it was or who the property owner may be, we will certainly update this article and include that information as well.
Thank you to our wonderful Augusta Police Department for always working tirelessly to keep our city safe, and thank you to all the people who attended yesterday's rally for remaining peaceful and respectful.