Large police presence on Coastal Highway
Despite organizers canceling, about 60 people showed up to protest the death of Minnesota's George Floyd in Rehoboth Beach on Monday.
They began circling the bandstand around 7 p.m., then walked west on Rehoboth Avenue, stopping in front of city hall and the police department. As of 8:45 p.m., they were still there chanting.
As of 10:30 p.m., Delaware State Police said they had had no incidents with the protestors.
Social media spread word of protests on both The Circle in Georgetown and at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand Monday, as well as looting at the outlets. Many businesses in the Rehoboth area closed early, including Tanger Outlets.
Delaware State Police prepared for the worst and large numbers of them were posted along Route 1, especially at outlet entrances. Some of them rode horses.Tahara Johnson, 21, just finished her junior year at Delaware State University. She grew up in Georgetown. Johnson and three friends peacefully protested on the circle in Rehoboth Beach on Sunday, May 31, and planned to return on Monday. She canceled due to fears of being associated with rioters and looters. "You have the protesters, then you have the people who are just out for personal gain," Johnson said. "They try to blend in with the protests to destroy property and loot and riot, which is not what we want, especially in Rehoboth." Johnson had begun planning a peaceful protest in Georgetown later this weekend, but those plans are on hold now. She said it's possible they may try again at a later date.