Portland business owner says riots causing ‘devastating’ damage, urges officials to crack down

Portland business owner says riots causing 'devastating’ damage, urges officials to crack down

Portland, 오레곤, business owner Stacey Gibson’s Subway franchise is one of many area businesses boarded up amid recent riots and unrest in the city.

It’s just sad. It feels like a dungeon inside,” Gibson told Ainsley Earhardt 의 위에 “여우 & 친구Friday morning. “It’s depressing for the people that are working.

수요일에, 약 150 people marched on the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon and a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (빙) building to protest against President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Gibson said the damage caused by rioters has been “지독한” to her community.


They come out here and they just literally destroy whatever they can, throwing things around,” Gibson said. “They’re just going to pick it up and throw it wherever they can. The damage that happens to the businesses down there is just devastating.

Seven people were arrested in connection with the protests, on charges including assaulting a public safety officer, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment, Portland Police Bureau said in a 보도 자료. 그 동안에, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced four additional arrests 목요일에.

Gibson argued local officials should do more to stop the riots, adding that a lack of prosecutions against those involved will only encourage rioters to continue wreaking havoc on the city.

“내말은, they say a lot of things, but actions are what matters,” Gibson said. “They don’t prosecute anybody. They’ll arrest them, but they’ll be out within a few hours.

They’re just going to keep doing it, which is evident,” 그녀는 덧붙였다. “I don’t have any idea why they don’t, 알 잖아, just actually crack down on it. It would be great if they did.

Gibson said the riots are just one of many challenges for businesses over the last several months, 포함 continued unrest and the ongoing 코로나 바이러스 감염병 세계적 유행.

We’re just trying to hang on and trying to recover, 정말,” Gibson said. “And this is just one more knife in the back.

Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.

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