Melbourne Square Mall Shuts Down Early Sunday Due to Threat of Rioting On Social Media

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social media posts threatened that a violent protest was going to happen about 4 p.m.

Melbourne Square Mall was shut down early Sunday afternoon due to what Melbourne police officials called a “credible safety concerns of a potential riot.” It was reported that social media posts threatened that a violent protest was going to happen about 4 p.m.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Square Mall was shut down early Sunday afternoon due to what Melbourne police officials called a “credible safety concerns of a potential riot.”

It was reported that social media posts threatened that a violent protest was going to happen about 4 p.m.

On Sunday about 3:30 p.m., the Melbourne police said, “We are aware of social media posts regarding the Melbourne Square Mall. We have extra personnel assigned – working directly with neighboring agencies and Mall Security. Thank you to all that made sure we were aware.”

State Representative Randy Fine issued a statement on Facebook that supported peaceful protest but condemned rioting.

“I have been informed that Melbourne Square Mall closed at 3:30 today due to credible safety concerns of a potential riot,” said Fine.

“Peaceably protesting in the name of justice in a public place is a good thing. Rioting at a private mall is a violent crime. I stand with Mr. Floyd’s family and against anyone who would riot in his name. I expect law enforcement to use all measures to protect life and property. And I mean all. In Florida, we stand our ground.”

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