ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Mall closed several hours early on Friday after reports of protests planned in response to a fatal deputy-involved shooting two weeks ago.
A mall spokesperson said they made the decision to close the doors at 1 p.m., hours before the demonstration started.
At the start of the protest, just about a dozen people had gathered near The Florida Mall.
This is one of several protests over the last few weeks following a deputy-involved shooting on Aug. 7.
This follows another recent protest after the family of Salaythis Melvin saw the body camera video of his shooting.
Many shoppers in the area said they were not aware of the protest and wondered why they were asked to leave the mall early.
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