Police officers outside the Desert Ridge Marketplace to anticipate protests on May 31, 2020 (Photo: Jake Anderson / KTAR News)
PHOENIX – With the presence of many police around several shopping complexes in the Valley, the police did not report looting in malls and markets in the Phoenix metro area.
Shopping districts and malls including Desert Ridge Marketplace, Arizona Mills, Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons put police cars around the complex before Sunday curfew in an effort to avoid sights similar to Scottsdale Fashion Square the night before.
Outside of downtown Phoenix protests, there were few protests or riots.
On Saturday night, Scottsdale Fashion Square was damaged and looted. Police estimate that damage and theft resulted in the loss of millions of dollars.
The mall is closed on Sundays and no schedule is given for reopening.
Most of the malls and large markets in the Valley close early or don’t open on Sundays.
Sunday is the fourth night in a row of protests in the city center. After it began with a peaceful demonstration, the leaders advised demonstrators to go home before the curfew at 8 pm.
Some of the crowd remained, and the Phoenix Police declared an illegal meeting on the 3rd Avenue and Van Buren St. around 8:20 p.
The police used tear gas around 9 pm
At 10 pm, the streets of downtown Phoenix cleared almost everyone while the police presence remained.
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