Damaged Businesses Clean up from Weekend Riots

Alan Scaia
June 01, 2020 - 2:17 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Businesses in Downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum have begun making repairs from the riots this weekend. Dallas police arrested 89 people for rioting Friday night and Saturday morning. An additional 120 to 135 people were arrested for curfew violations Sunday night.

At Pear Eyewear in Deep Ellum, co-owners Miguel Toledo and Jay Jimenez say their front window was knocked out. They say they were upset about the death of George Floyd, but they do not understand why their store became a target.

"It's not okay to burn things and knock windows out," Jimenez says.

"We're doing it to ourselves. That's the unfortunate thing," Toledo added.

They started repairs and removed merchandise from the store this weekend. Toledo says he saw posts online about neighboring businesses being damaged, so he came to check on his shop.

Toledo says he saw several businesses had been looted, but restaurants and bars across the street were still open.

"We came down here, and it was wild. You had people outside their cars, music blaring, partying, when there's nothing but glass on the ground and the window shattered," he says. "It's a side time, a sad moment."

In Downtown Dallas, several buildings had plywood covering broken windows. Windows were broken in the Neiman Marcus building, Campisi's Restaurant and other buildings along Elm and Main Streets.

In many cases, the plywood had been spray painted with messages like, "No justice, no peace" and "Say their names."

The riots led to the City of Dallas adopting a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for downtown and Deep Ellum, as well as Cedars, Farmers Market, Uptown, Victory Park and West End.