Downtown bars and businesses cleaning up from Saturday's unrest

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 22:13:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville downtown business owners and staff were continuing to clean up the damage from Saturday night's unrest after the protest.

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A number of businesses were boarded up and closed after they were damaged by people rioting in the streets on Broadway.

Monday, a mixture of businesses reopened as small groups of police officers patrolled the streets.

At the Stage, employees could be seen cleaning up the stage where a bottle was reportedly thrown and the front window smashed.

"Fortunately, what our clean up was, was a lot of glass," said Brenda Sanderson, owner of the bar. "We have some equipment damaged and we're still trying to figure out whether it's going to be repairable or whether we'll have to purchase some new equipment. It's just sad. It's really sad."

Sanderson said she was watching the news Saturday and saw an amp thrown out the front window of the business.

Monday morning, Mayor John Cooper chastised the rioters who damaged businesses. Promising the city wouldn't be letting it go.

"We will find those involved in the criminal acts and prosecute them. We will not let their behavior distract us from the work we must do for equal justice for Nashville's black community," said Mayor Cooper.

Sanderson agreed with Cooper's thoughts.

"The violence in the middle of a peaceful protest just hurts the cause and it diminishes what it's all about and it's not fair to allow someone to take over what should be a peaceful time and a legitimate cause and it's just taken down by someone who has other ideas and other agendas," she said.

Sanderson said she wasn't planning to reopen the business, Monday. She wasn't sure when they would reopen as she worried about what may happen after a planned protest on Thursday.

"We're just going to give it a couple of days and see what happens," she said.


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