In light of "violent protests and looting" concerns circling social media, most businesses inside Avalon elected to close early tonight with downtown businesses likely following suit, according to a statement from Alpharetta Police Chief John Robison on the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety's Facebook page.
Demonstrations took place in Atlanta May 29 over the death of George Floyd, and rumors have circulated on various social media platforms about protests in Avalon, Robison said in the statement. Floyd, an African-American man, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin—a white man and a former Minneapolis police officer—knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while he pleaded for air.
"At the moment, we are closely monitoring these discussions and, in an abundance of caution, making the necessary preparations to protect our community and businesses," Robison said in the Facebook post. "We are in continuous contact with all of our surrounding public safety partners who are ready to respond at a moment['s] notice should we require assistance."
Robison also said in the statement that the decision to close Avalon businesses for the night "was not at the urging of the city or the police department."
"Out of an abundance of caution, many of our restaurants and retailers are closing early today due to the potential for protests. We are working with the local government and Alpharetta Police Department to increase patrols and secure Avalon’s perimeter. Avalon is private property with a long-standing code of conduct that does not permit protesting," Avalon management said in an emailed statement to Community Impact Newspaper May 30.
View the Facebook post below: