At least 30 businesses vandalized in Durham protests, police say

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham police say multiple businesses were vandalized Wednesday night as protests broke out around the city.

Police say at least 30 businesses between Main and Market streets were vandalized.

Officers on scene tell CBS 17 that the damage was done by a group of 75 to 100 protesters all dressed in black.

Protests in the city began around 7:30 p.m. in response to the decision made in Louisville, Kentucky regarding the death of Breonna Taylor

“It’s unfortunate and it really puts a kind of dark light on some of the positivity of what’s going on, there’s always some bad seeds in the crowd but it’s something we’re just gonna have to deal with and get through,” said Patrick Madison, bartender at Tabernas Tapa Diner.

Madison says the Breonna Taylor protest came down Main Street. A protester had a fire cracker or a cherry bomb that they were exploding and then someone walked by and hit it with a stick at their window and busted it out.

The window is going to cost $1000 to repair.

Madison says they are a minority business, and they support the Black Lives Matter movement, but not destruction like this. He says it’s been tough on businesses, because many of them are already suffering due to COVID-19. They’ve lost about half of their sales as a result of the coronavirus.

There is no word on whether arrests have been made.

This story will be updated.

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