Anti-police brutality protest to be held in Hoboken; some businesses board up in anticipation

An anti-police brutality protest will be held in Hoboken Friday afternoon and some businesses in town boarded up in case the rally does not stay peaceful.

News 12 Staff

Jun 4, 2020, 9:35 PM

Updated 1,414 days ago

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An anti-police brutality protest will be held in Hoboken Friday afternoon and some businesses in town boarded up in case the rally does not stay peaceful.
Weil Issac owns Better Life Pharmacy. He says that while the protest is being advertised as peaceful, he is not taking any chances after some protests around the country turned violent.
“We decided to put wood up, just in case. Just in case,” he says.
Issac says he is worried because his store is full of medication – and because it recently underwent a pricey renovation.
Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla is planning to participate in the rally. But he says that he understands why some businesses are worried.
“Every business has the right to board if up they feel it is a matter of safety,” he says.
But the mayor says that Hoboken police officers are prepared for the people who may attend the rally but are not there for the right reasons.
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“I can assure businesses in Hoboken that the police department has been working with 20 different agencies across the region to make sure that it’s a safe and peaceful, nonviolent march," says Bhalla.
A majority of the businesses in the city are not boarding up. Travis Young says that he won’t be shuttering Elysian Café. He says that he is confident that the looting and rioting seen after other protests won’t happen in Hoboken.
“This is a peaceful town and we think they will treat it that way, as a peaceful protest,” Young says.
Other business owners say that they won’t want to send the wrong message that they are scared of the demonstrators or don’t support their cause.
The protest is being organized by the group Allies 4 Justice, which is not based in Hoboken. It will take place starting at 1 p.m. at Maxwell Place Park and will march down the waterfront to Pier A Park.
 


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