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Downtown Business Owners Meet with Police after Reported Assault

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

After an uproar on social media about a reported assault on Charlottesville's downtown mall, businesses owners in the area are speaking out. They say they don't want one incident to ruin the atmosphere of the downtown mall for everyone.

Business owners met with Charlottesville police Wednesday to talk about safety on the downtown mall. They say they want to make it clear that their customers have nothing to be worried about.

"I really just don't want one incident to discourage people from coming down here,” said Derek Bond, owner of The Melting Pot.

That incident is a reported assault on the downtown mall. Word spread like wildfire after one of the victims took to social media and posted pictures of the assault. Now Bond and other business owners want to take action.

Bond says Wednesday night’s meeting was a positive one that may prompt improvements to the downtown mall like kiosks and more patrols. Businesses could also potentially install cameras.

“If there are incidents that occur that we're able to report it and prosecute the people that cause the problems,” Bond said.

Business owners just want to get the message across that the downtown mall is a safe place.

"Hopefully we can overcome that perception because I feel like it's misguided. It's a completely safe area to come,” Bond said.

NBC29 did reach out to police about the meeting but has not yet heard back from them.

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