Stores in Atlantic City board up as precaution for possible Election Day unrest
Stores at the Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City began to board up Monday after receiving a warning about potential Election Day unrest. The business owners received an email from Tanger over the weekend.
"They just basically told us we could board up and just letting us know that there might be something that might happen,” says Carson Days who owns the store Swapz. “They said it was nothing that was going to be a threat or anything of that nature, just a precaution."
The warning comes after a protest over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned violent in Atlantic City this past summer. Many storefronts in Atlantic City were smashed and merchandise was stolen. Nearly 100 people were charged in the months that followed.
Many business owners tell News 12 New Jersey that they hope this type of unrest won’t happen again in the city.
“We were untouched, but we didn’t board up that time. I’m not sure if we’re going to board up now,” Days says.
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Atlantic City police tell News 12 that they are monitoring the presidential election closely and have plans in place with their law enforcement partners.
People visiting Atlantic City on Monday say that they hope that things remain peaceful throughout the region and the country.
"I just can't get over that it's come to this. We have freedom of speech in this country, but it seems like some people really, really get angry and it's pretty sad,” says Chris Fragomeni of New York.
“Somebody’s going to win, somebody’s going to lose, so I don’t see why there should be an aftermath about the winner,” says Days.
Atlantic City officials say that they are not aware of any planned protests for this week but will be prepared if something occurs.
News 12 also reached out to Tanger Outlets for comment but did not hear back.