SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — After back-to-back nights of violence throughout downtown Sacramento, hundreds of people didn’t waste time starting to clean up Monday morning.
Just hours after the area was filled with people looting local businesses and vandalizing storefronts, a different group of people started flooding the streets to help repair the damage and show their support.
“It’s unbelievable what happened. Nobody wins in these situations, but I just felt I needed to help out,” Mari Flores said.
Flores was among those who woke up, grabbed their cleaning supplies and hit the streets.
“I’ve lived in Sacramento most of my life and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Flores said.
“It’s sad, so we came down just to give a hand,” Jim Catchot said.
With the backdrop of coronavirus still very present, people wore masks and gloves while scrubbing graffiti and sweeping glass.
Among those leading the movement to bring Sacramento back to its former glory was Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.
“We are not going to tolerate people destroying our community,” Steinberg said. “The people who love our city, the people who want racial justice far outnumber the people who resort to this.”
Many of the volunteers were quick to point out they still support the movement sweeping the nation.
“I don’t know why people did what they did out here today, but it definitely got the attention it needed,” Flores said.
“You can hold two truths at one time,” Steinberg explained. “The truth about the unacceptable conditions in our country around race and injustice and at the same time, you can hold the truth that says that destruction is not the same as peaceful protests.”
The mayor said the city will be working on ways to support businesses affected by vandalism and theft because most of them have already been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Steinberg also announced a curfew will be in place Monday evening. He did not give a specific time.
The City Council will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss details.