FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A shopping center on the southwest side of the city closed to the public Tuesday afternoon after rumors of a protest circulated social media.
Jefferson Pointe has become the subject of a potential protest spot and owners are taking steps to prepare for the worst.
At around 2 p.m. Fort Wayne Police Department squad cars were blocking entrance roads into the shopping center as a precaution.
"There was supposed to be a scheduled protest out there today, so we went out there as a precaution. That's about it," Sofia Rosales-Scatena with FWPD said.
Businesses in the shopping center had their windows bordered up such as Von Maur and Buckle.
There are several FWPD vehicles in the parking lot of Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill.
Jefferson Pointe is private property and any planned protest would have to be approved in advance by Red Development.
FOX 55 reached out to Red Development for comment on several questions, and they provided the following statement:
"We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd, and the pain that his death and racial injustices cause in our communities everywhere. We, at Jefferson Pointe, were made aware of a possible gathering taking place at or around our property this afternoon. Because we are private property, we are proactively working with the city of Fort Wayne and the FWPD to ensure safety for our community."
Representatives said all questions should be directed to the Fort Wayne Police Department.
Police reopened the entrances to the shopping center two hours later.