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Morro Bay Chamber warns businesses of potential for weekend protests

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The community of Morro Bay is gearing up for possible but "unconfirmed" protests following an incident earlier this week involving the police chief and a man who calls himself a "citizen journalist and First Amendment activist."

The man who goes by the name of Nasty Nathanial claims he was assaulted by Chief Gregory Allen Tuesday morning outside of the police station. He posted video of the confrontation online.

Morro Bay police say the man was wearing all black military-style clothing and boots and was holding a video camera while standing at the entrance to the parking lot at the station. 

He reportedly told police he was getting video of vehicles entering and exiting the parking lot. Police say he had also entered the lobby of the police station and been filming there before being notice by the chief outside the parking lot.

The chief said he was concerned for the safety of his officers and other police employees based on his knowledge of previous attacks on police stations.

The chief along with another officer reportedly approached the man, and, after failing to provide his ID, was detained while the chief and other officer determined if he was a threat or his intentions terrorist-related, police said in a press release. 

The man was reportedly never arrested and police said they were not disclosing his name in order to protect his privacy.

The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce says it has received numerous emails since the incident "threatening that hundreds are coming to Morro Bay to wreak havoc, cause traffic jams, leave messes, sit in hotel lobbies and not spend one dime in our city."

Calls are also reportedly being made to city hall and the visitor center.

The chamber is asking that everyone in the community stay safe and not engage with anyone "looking to incite negativity, verbal abuse, or violence."

A location for the possible protest on Saturday has not been given. 

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