Some of the locations that announced their doors will be closed this afternoon include the Mall of America, the Rosedale Center, the Minnesota Judicial Center, select U.S. Postal Service locations, and many other individual stores.
Early closing of the memorandum of understanding as a precaution pic.twitter.com/tDxLiMMmPi
– Erin Hassanzadeh WCCO (@erinreportsTV) May 28, 2020
St. Paul’s police said on Thursday afternoon that it had responded to a large group of people gathering at the Midway Target on Thursday. St. Paul’s police spokesman Steve Linders said officers arrived at Target on University Avenue around 11:30 am to a group of 50 to 60 people stealing items from the store. When the police arrived, many people left the goods and ran, according to Linders.
In addition, police reported that a fight had broken out and that one person had attempted to crush another. Starting at 2:30 p.m. the St. Paul Police Department said it was trying to disperse people in the Midway area and that people should avoid it.
Authorities say there have been no arrests or injuries known to them yet.
As a precaution, other stores have decided to close early, including in downtown Minneapolis, where a rally is scheduled for the Hennepin County Government Center at 5 p.m.
Target employees in downtown Minneapolis say they close their doors at 1:00 p.m. today and board shop windows as a planned protest against the death of George Floyd moves downtown evening.
Local authorities asked us to close the Rosedale Center. Please watch social media for a reopening notice.
– Rosedale Center (@RosedaleCenter) May 28, 2020
In addition, the Rosedale shopping center says they are closing immediately because the protesters are believed to be heading towards them.