Businesses Damaged, Looted During Protests In Grand Rapids

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss called in the National Guard

WWJ News
June 01, 2020 - 6:29 pm
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(WWJ) Grand Rapids is still cleaning up and assessing the damage after a riot Saturday night left multiple businesses vandalized and looted.

Dosee Ajim who owns one of those downtown businesses, Local Mocha, says a door and window were broke and items were stolen from inside.

Ajim said happened after a protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but she doesn't believe the protestors were responsible.

"They were from a different group," Ajim told WWJ Newsradio 950's Beth Fisher. "The protesters left; these were not the protesters. These people planned to do this." 

Local Mocha was open for businesses on Monday, and Ajim said was great to see many members of the community come out to help clean up the mess the vandals left. 

Grand Rapids city officials said, in all, around 100 business were damaged, seven police cars set on fire and seven people were arrested. Windows were broken out of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. 

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss set a curfew for Sunday night and Monday night.

She also called in the National Guard. 

"I have decided to enact a proclamation of civil emergency, and that will take place for the next 48 hours," Bliss said. "This will results in additional resources, including support from our National Guard." 

Meanwhile, a curfew was also put in place last night in Lansing after Michigan State Police tweeted that there was violence and destruction of property in downtown Lansing. Windows were broken in several buildings, including, the George W. Romney Building, a Domino's Pizza, Firehouse Subs, Chase Bank, and a jewelry store.

Lansing Police Chief Darryl Green says officers were assaulted with bottles, rocks and liquids. Tear gas was used to disperse the crowd.