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Retailers board up windows & shut down preparing for Election Day unrest

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Plywood panels cover the storefronts across the United States as cities anticipate violence following election night. It is something everyone is preparing for and anticipating but it is one everyone hopes will not come to fruition.

Retailers and communities across the country are still recovering from the widespread damage caused by riots this summer after the death of George Floyd, a black man, who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer. The Floyd killing sparked months of riots and other police officer shootings over the past several months have led to growing riots and violence around the nation.

Out of an abundance of caution, like many businesses, we are implementing additional security measures at certain locations in the event of civil unrest due to the current election.

Saks Fifth Avenue spokesperson

On Election Day, police officers and security officials are being extra cautious in preparation for the election results. Companies are putting additional security measures in place to prevent any election-related vandalism.

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Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA on Monday Nov. 2. (Photo by Annaliese Levy)

“Out of an abundance of caution, like many businesses, we are implementing additional security measures at certain locations in the event of civil unrest due to the current election,” a Saks Fifth Avenue spokesperson said in a statement.

“This could include boarding or additional security personnel. As always, the safety of our customers, associates and communities, as well as the protection of our physical assets, is of utmost importance,” the high-end retailer added.

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Los Angeles, CA on Monday Nov. 2 (Photo by Annaliese Levy)

The National Retail Federation told Forbes it is providing de-escalation training and extra security consultants.

On Monday morning in Downtown Los Angeles, construction workers are keeping busy boarding the windows of storefronts around the city.

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Construction workers boarding windows in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, Nov. 2. (Photo by Annaliese Levy)

“Notice what those cities have in common. They’re all Democrat cities,” Kayleigh McEnany, Trump campaign senior adviser told “Fox & Friends” Monday, adding it is “all the proof you need that the left should not be given federal power.”

You can follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @LevyAnnaliese

 

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Judge orders Biden’s DHS to release files on agents accused of censoring election ‘misinformation’

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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry made headway in countering federal agents involved in suppressing what liberal tech labeled “misinformation” on social media.

The Attorneys General moved to release testimony from five Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) employees after learning of their participation in the Biden administration’s counter-“disinformation” efforts. On Wednesday, a Louisiana judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the files.

Court documents dated Jan. 19 show  the agents participated. The judge’s motion Wednesday could shed light on a “switchboarding” tactic employed during the 2020 election, according to the order.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants, which include the named individuals as well as President Joe Biden and top officials from a variety of federal agencies, “colluded and/or coerced social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms by labeling the content “dis-information,” “mis-information,” and “mal-formation.”

The Daily Caller reports that the five CISA employees allegedly served as a “switchboard” to route requests from federal agencies to censor disinformation to various social media companies, according to the documents.

Switchboard work employed “an audit official to identify something on social media they deemed to be disinformation aimed at their jurisdiction,” top CISA election security agent Brian Skully testified in a deposition released Thursday.

“They couldforward that to CISA and CISA would share that with the appropriate social mediacompanies.”

 

 

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