Bronx communities gather to clean up after night of looting, destruction

Remnants from Monday night’s looting is visible for blocks on the Grand Concourse and Fordham Road.

News 12 Staff

Jun 2, 2020, 4:55 PM

Updated 1,451 days ago

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Remnants from Monday night’s looting is visible for blocks on the Grand Concourse and Fordham Road.

Bronx residents have taken it upon themselves to help clean up their neighborhoods.

Multiple groups of volunteers worked together to clean up piles of broken glass, trash and even sharp edges of medal. Organizers tell News 12 it’s important to take care of their community.

With garbage bags, brooms and dustpans, groups of two and three walked around the Grand Concourse and Fordham Road, picking up what was left behind from looters.

Several community members dumped what was left on multiple streets into garbage bags, preparing them for pickup.

Many volunteers helped business owners who returned to their businesses, with broken doors, gates and windows. Among the many who came to help clean up, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. lent his hand and told News 12 that “this is unacceptable.”

“For those of you who think you can use this opportunity to destroy our community and destroy businesses, to put a stain on the memory of people like George Floyd and others, then we can do this without you,” said Diaz Jr.
Community members told News 12 that it was important for them to do their part. 

“I think it’s important that we gather our own energy and it’s important for us to bring ourselves together to not only show that there is still love and help, there’s a lot of optimism and there’s still a lot of responsibility for our own neighborhood,” says Jennings McCarthy.

Volunteers who came out to clean the area tell News 12 they feel when looting takes place in their community, it pushes them steps back from the movement they are making during peaceful protests, with the intent to create change.
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