Just as Highland businesses have been cleared to reopen after coronavirus closures many spent Wednesday, June 3, boarding up their storefronts and closing early out of concern for their property and safety during the protests and looting that communities across the nation have experienced since the death of George Floyd during his arrest in Minnesota.
According to a Facebook post by Highland Police Department, a protest is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Highland Crossings shopping center at Greenspot Road and State Route 210.
The post stated that the sheriff’s department is dedicated to ensuring the safety of Highland residents and preserving the right to a peaceful protest.
By noon on Wednesday there was already a strong police presence at the shopping center and patrolling the city.
The department advised motorists to avoid the area from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
The city of Highland instituted a 6 p.m. curfew on Monday, June 1, after several businesses were vandalized and looted Sunday night, although no protests were held in Highland during the weekend. The curfew will be in effect each evening until further notice.
Protests in San Bernardino broke into violence, looting, vandalism and arson on Sunday night.
A candlelight vigil was held in Floyd’s memory the same night in Redlands but remained peaceful.