Target closes Berkeley locations in response to George Floyd’s death

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The Target stores on University Avenue and Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley will be temporarily closed, as announced by the corporation Saturday.

The announcement was made in response to the death of George Floyd, which sparked public outrage after a video surfaced of a Minnesota police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck.

“We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country,” a press release from Target states. “Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal.”

Target employees have received direct communication updates from the corporate office, and those who work in closed stores will be paid up to 14 days of scheduled hours during closures, including COVID-19 premium pay, according to the press release.

Other stores throughout the country have also been closed, including stores across Minnesota and the Bay Area.

Check back for updates.

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