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Independent businesses are now caught in the fraught politics of looting, and owners have to weigh protecting their businesses with protecting their reputations. One store owner is even ‘looting’ his own store to show support.

Business owner’s response to looting has become increasingly politicized over the summer of 2020, as protests and riots sparked by instances of police brutality continue to roil. But when it comes to the consequences of looting, the reality couldn’t be more different for small businesses and large national retailers. Many […]
Independent businesses are now caught in the fraught politics of looting, and owners have to weigh protecting their businesses with protecting their reputations. One store owner is even ‘looting’ his own store to show support.
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The $1 trillion stimulus package proposed by Republicans would compensate businesses for ‘vandalism or looting due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020’

Republican lawmakers unveiled a $US1 trillion coronavirus relief package, dubbed the HEALS Act, on Monday. The proposed package includes a provision to compensate businesses for “looting and vandalism due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020.” Since George Floyd’s death at the knee of a police officer in May, protests […]
The $1 trillion stimulus package proposed by Republicans would compensate businesses for ‘vandalism or looting due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020’
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For one Black-owned business in Chicago, looters hit harder than the pandemic

Shatira Wilks says her Edible Arrangements store in South Side Chicago’s Jeffrey Manor neighbourhood was “just destroyed” by looters. Her computers, cash drawer, tools, and inventory of fruit and chocolate were all taken. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced the Together Now fund, aimed at helping small businesses recover. As […]
For one Black-owned business in Chicago, looters hit harder than the pandemic
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Destruction swings at the system, but the punch lands on peaceful protests

A debate roils between supporters of the protests against racism and police brutality about whether or not vandalism and looting are morally defensible or strategically advisable. Almost three-quarters of Americans (73%) support the peaceful protests, while 79% feel that “property damage ultimately undermines the cause of the demonstrators.” Some protests […]
Destruction swings at the system, but the punch lands on peaceful protests
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We finally opened our restaurant after the COVID-19 shutdown — a day later, it was damaged during the protests. Here’s why we still stand in solidarity with protesters.

Roopa Mosuganti is a longtime Floridian who owns a restaurant called Jai Ho Royale Indian Cuisine with her husband in Tampa, Florida. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they had to furlough all of their staff and switched to takeout and delivery only. Their restaurant reopened for dine-in on May 29 […]
We finally opened our restaurant after the COVID-19 shutdown — a day later, it was damaged during the protests. Here’s why we still stand in solidarity with protesters.
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California set bail at $0 for most non-violent crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic. But an exception was left for looting meaning those in LA could be jailed as the infection spreads.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said this week that she will be setting bail for defendants accused of looting. In April, California’s Judicial Council said most non-violent crimes should come with $US0 bail in order to reduce jail populations during the coronavirus pandemic. The council provided an exception […]
California set bail at $0 for most non-violent crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic. But an exception was left for looting meaning those in LA could be jailed as the infection spreads.
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‘They gonna blame that on us’: Videos show white protesters smashing windows and defacing stores as black protesters tell them they’re endangering black lives

As rallies opposing police brutality surge across the US, some demonstrators have defaced or destroyed property. In some of the videos circulating on social media, white people vandalise property or threaten to loot stores. In those video clips, black protesters can be seen objecting to their protest methods – saying […]
‘They gonna blame that on us’: Videos show white protesters smashing windows and defacing stores as black protesters tell them they’re endangering black lives