US retailers and brands offer support to protests

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Some US retail chains have sustained damage and had goods stolen amid protests against police violence against black people, but many have released statements supporting the protestors.

Peaceful protests and those that turned violent over the weekend following the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis led to some retail chains including Target and Nordstrom shuttering stores after incurring damages.

Target has closed the Minneapolis branch near where Floyd died after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, and said it aims to reopen the store “in late 2020”. The retailer has also closed stores in Oakland, Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia “until further notice”.

Nordstrom closed all of its stores on Sunday after some branches incurred damages. Despite closures and some cases of looting, both retailers have joined the retailers and brands including Nike and Apple in supporting the cause for the protest, rather than focusing on the losses in individual stores.

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