City of Nezperce declares emergency ahead of planned rally

A local emergency declaration has been issued for the city of Nezperce ahead of a planned rally for a Riggins man facing charges stemming from a shootout with police in Idaho County earlier this month.

Ammon Bundy, of Emmett, Idaho, who led the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Ore., in 2016, has called for people to converge at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in Nezperce. The rally is being held to support 52-year-old Sean Anderson who’s been charged with felony aggravated assault on a peace officer after exchanging gunfire with authorities in Ferdinand July 18th.

Nezperce Mayor Steve Bateman issued the emergency declaration to protect residents from potential exposure to COVID-19. The declaration is good for seven days and urges residents to avoid the rally if possible. It also asks those residents who do attend the rally to do so peacefully and respectfully.

Lewis County is the only place in the five-county region of north central Idaho that has not reported a case of the coronavirus. (Lewiston Tribune)

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