MOA, other companies close early in anticipation of further protests – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – In the twin cities, a number of businesses and stores have announced their early closure in anticipation of continuing protests in the metropolitan area. On Wednesday evening, part of southern Minneapolis caught fire as protests in the 3rd district of the Minnesota Police Department became violent.
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.

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.

(Downtown Minneapolis Target, credit: CBS)

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.

In addition, the Rosedale shopping center says they are closing immediately because the protesters are believed to be heading towards them.



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