While civil unrest swept across the nation this weekend following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck while restraining him, there were no reports of protests in Jefferson County.
This morning (June 1), Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said he was not aware of any reports of demonstrations or vandalism in the county.
Bissell said the Walmart store, 2700 Ridge Point Drive, in High Ridge closed early, at 5 p.m. Sunday (May 31), after other stores across the country were vandalized, but the High Ridge store did not report any damage or violence.
Arnold Police Capt. Rich Shular said he had no knowledge of any retail stores in the city closing early on Sunday.
Employees who answered the phones this morning at the Arnold Walmart, 2201 Michigan Ave., and Target, 3849 Vogel Road, said they were not allowed to discuss the situation, and referred calls to the retailers’ corporate offices, which so far have not responded to emails requesting information.
Shular also said the Arnold Police had not received reports of vandalism or demonstrations in the city. However, he said police increased patrols since tensions were high over the weekend.
“We always step up patrol in times like this,” he said. “Patrol is our No. 1 thing to make sure we are out there and visible, but as far as I know, we had no incidents.”
Demonstrations were sparked after videos emerged showing Floyd lying on the ground and pleading for air as an officer pressed a knee into his neck.