The residents of La Mesa made a clean-up drive Sunday morning after a night of looting and arson after tensions escalated Saturday between officers and demonstrators at the protests, said a 7 San Diego report.
Business owner Aaron Henderson said hundreds of La Mesa residents arrived with brooms and paint.
“They cleaned up in about an hour. It was overwhelming to see this community come together,” Henderson said.
He added that all the graffiti were cleaned up and store windows were boarded up.
Around 11:30 p.m., Saturday the Chase Bank and the Union Bank on Spring Street were broken into and set on fire.
By 7 a.m. Sunday morning they were still smoldering
The protest on Saturday was part of nationwide demonstrations over the weekend, following the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the controversial arrest of an African-American man by a white officer at a trolley stop in La Mesa.
For her part, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob released the following statement on the protests, thanking those you answered the call for a clean-up drive.
“I want to thank the folks who have stepped up today to clean up La Mesa.
The immediate outpouring of support is touching, and it sets the tone for how we need to come together to address these issues,” said Jacob.
However, by nightfall, some protesters resumed their unlawful behavior by throwing rocks at the police and looting commercial establishments, said a report from CBS8.
By 9:30 p.m. One CVS in downtown San Diego was looted. While a 7Eleven branch on Beech Street and State Street had its windows broken, too. Looters have also broken into the Vans store on 5th Street in downtown San Diego.
At 11:15 p.m. dozens of protesters are walking through the Gaslamp District in San Diego. Many businesses in the area have been vandalized and/or tagged by graffiti. There is a heavy police presence. Some stores have been looted.
Around 11:45 p.m. San Diego Police Department late Sunday night reported that officers were having rocks thrown at them on at State & Broadway with damage. SDPD also reported vandalism with bats to businesses at Kettner and West Broadway.