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‘Everyone was in tears:’ State Street business owners start to clean-up after protests

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Residents volunteer to clean up State Street Sunday morning following a night of unrest.
Residents volunteer to clean up State Street Sunday morning following a night of unrest.
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MADISON (WKOW) -- Clean-up begins in Madison after protests over the death of a man in Minneapolis in police custody turned destructive.

The Madison Police Department said approximately 75 businesses on State Street were damaged starting Saturday evening and wrapping up Sunday. Some were looted.

People who live nearby were sad to see the destruction left behind.

"Most of these businesses have a good, close relationship with a lot of the college students and community here," said Devon Burck.

He said many of the business owners came to check on their shops.

"After things sort of calmed down a lot of the businesses owners were out here and they were in tears," he said. "Everyone was in tears."

Clean-up started early Sunday morning, with business owners, the city and volunteers pitching in.

"Let's rebuild this city," said Darnell Pope.

Pope and his friend Tate Grow arrived on State Street pretty early, jumping in wherever they thought they could be most useful. Grow had a leaf blower in tow.

"I can obviously understand where the anger comes from," said Grow. "I think for me, personally, I don't like to see my city get destroyed."

One clean up effort was organized by the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. Michael Johnson said thousands of people signed up to help.

Jasmine Holland was busy scrubbing graffiti from the outside walls of one of the downtown businesses. She said she was heartbroken to see the devastation in the city she loves.

"Watching the news last night, I cried a little bit," she said. "It's hard to see something like this because yes, people are frustrated and the community is upset, but some people are taking out their aggression on not necessarily the right thing."

There is also a GoFund Me account set up for the businesses that have been impacted.

Rebecca Ribley

Wake Up Wisconsin Anchor

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