RIVIERA BEACH - The Riviera Beach Police Department (RBPD) is hosting its first-ever Stop the Violence event on Saturday at Cunningham Park. City officials will be there, as will state Senator Bobby Powell, several former criminals who are now achievers—and lots of signs.
They include: See Something, Say Something. Enough! Put the Guns Down. Stop The Violence. There will also be signs with the names and pictures of people killed in unsolved murders over the last five years.
“This is a clear message to the community: we need to stop the violence,” said Police Chief Nathan Osgood.
It is also meant to be a fun event. There will be a caravan that leaves Cunningham Park, travels to a series of City parks and, at the end, returns to Cunningham Park for a full program with speakers, a live DJ, free food and, of course, free signs.
Confirmed speakers include Senator Powell, a City native; Mayor Ronnie L. Felder, whose longtime nonprofit works with the troubled; Dr. J. R. Thicklin, president of the Palm Beach County Clergy Alliance; and Oswald Newbold, an ex-felon who is today working, mentoring and writing a book. The founder of MAMA—Mothers Against Murderers Association—is also on the program as is Councilman Tradrick McCoy, whose district includes Cunningham Park.
Social distancing will be practiced.
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