In advance of a planned rally in Brentwood to bring awareness to the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, several local stores have boarded up their windows and doors.
The event organized by ExpectUS is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 at the Brentwood Promenade. Among the stores nearby are Minneapolis-based Target and Best Buy, both of which were boarded up earlier that day.
On Facebook, ExpectUS asked visitors to its page to attend the rally and “stand in solidarity on George Floyd Memorial Day.”
“It’s time that we get Justice in every city. Friendly reminder please wear your face mask,” the post read.
In a separate Facebook post, the group said its primary goal is safety and that violence is unacceptable because it further hurts communities. However, local stores were not taking any chances after previous outbreaks of violence in St. Louis.