TROY (WXYZ) — Somerset Collection in Troy closed its doors Monday ahead of planned protests in the area following the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minnesota.
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The mall placed huge barriers of concrete at the entrances of each mall in anticipation of the 5 p.m. protest. Along with that, some stores like Saks Fifth Avenue have actually boarded up their front entrances. There's also large dumpsters blocking mall entrances.
HAPPENING NOW: @TroyPolice are on scene at Somerset Mall, as a protest is expected to start at 5 pm. Mall staff already placed barriers outside, designed to keep demonstrations off their property and on the sidewalk. @wxyzdetroit #5PM pic.twitter.com/sUM9xtGMOF— Simon Shaykhet WXYZ (@simonshaykhet) June 1, 2020
Tory police say they have received information involving threats of looting and destruction against the mall. So far, 7 Action News has not seen any evidence of that. However, there is a police presence along with added security.
Police say there's a good chance protesters supporting the Black Lives Matters movement will gather near city hall at a community pool and walk down Big Beaver Road.
Somerset Collection said in a statement to 7 Action News, "Given recent events at shopping destinations across the country, coupled with the company-wide closures of many of our retailers, Somerset Collection is taking the necessary safety precautions for everyone involved, which includes closing our center today. Somerset Collection values and supports freedom of speech and peaceful protest."
7 Action News Reporter Simon Shaykhet is live from Troy with the latest updates.
MARCHING IN TROY: The crowd of hundreds heads towards city hall with a police escort. @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/Gc984H55hS— Simon Shaykhet WXYZ (@simonshaykhet) June 1, 2020
TROY PROTEST: More people are gathering outside Somerset Collection chanting no justice no peace. Many are carrying signs in support of #GeorgeFloyd and #BLM movement. @wxyzdetroit #6PM pic.twitter.com/cIi306Xxgw— Simon Shaykhet WXYZ (@simonshaykhet) June 1, 2020
MARCHING IN TROY: Protestors take to the streets. @wxyzdetroit #6PM pic.twitter.com/EKIdBD66RH— Simon Shaykhet WXYZ (@simonshaykhet) June 1, 2020