HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The owner of a building housing several businesses on Clinton Row was boarding up windows Tuesday afternoon, in advance of another protest Wednesday of George Floyd’s death.
The owner told WHNT News 19 he supports the protests, but he also wants to protect his tenants’ businesses from protestors who might take things too far.
Monday evening’s protest over Floyd’s death was mostly peaceful. Huntsville police said they fired gas into a group after they refused to leave at the protest’s conclusion.
Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray and Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner are hoping for peace and are confident it’s possible because of their relationship with NAACP President Jerry Burnet.
“Anything that he is a part of, I look for there to be a clean, peaceful protest,” said Sheriff Turner.
Both agencies hope to replicate this kind of peaceful protest but didn’t shy away from acknowledging potential danger.
“I’ve got thousands of threats coming into NAMAC right now. Through social media, through tips, to crime stoppers. To the HPD website,” said Chief McMurray.
Chief McMurray did say a lot of tips are not necessarily credible and were coming from people that are afraid.
But he did say a few threats have indeed been credible.