Downtown Taunton boarded up ahead of Thursday protests

TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) — Taunton residents and business owners boarded up their properties Thursday morning ahead of a day of protests.

Nearly every business on Main Street had boarded in their windows and doors ahead of two scheduled protests in the city.

“You would think that Hurricane Katrina is coming,” said Taunton resident Henry Yates.

“This is crazy, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said life-long Taunton resident, Larry Babb.

One Main Street business, St. Pierre Shoe Store, is owned by Mark McCauley, who has a second location in Providence. His Providence shop was broken into and looted early Tuesday morning.

“They gutted it,” McCauley told ABC 6 on Tuesday. “There was a fire inside.”

Thursday he wasn’t taking any chances, as his Taunton location was completely boarded up.

Thursday’s demonstrations were scheduled for 12:00pm at Hopewell Park and 4:00 pm outside First Parish Church.

Organizers said the events are supposed to be peaceful.

ABC 6 will have more on the protests Thursday evening.

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