PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Businesses in Philadelphia hurt from previous protests and unrest are hoping protests following a Kentucky grand jury’s decision in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death stay peaceful.
The Filbert Fresh Mart on North 52nd Street is one of a number of businesses that were broken into when looting erupted in West Philadelphia following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by a white police officer.
“They took a lot of stuff, but hey, we bounced back. They broke in this store, they took the ATM machine, as well as cooked crabs and seafood,” said Irvan Ezekiel, who works at the market.
At Sunday Best Jamacian Restaurant on 52nd Street, a brick was thrown through the front window and money was taken during the unrest.
Sue McAchro, a server and cook at the restaurant, said they’ve added a security gate and removed the ATM.
Ezekiel said they had to shut down the market for a week to fix the damage. Since then, they’ve also taken precautions to better secure the business.
“They pull the gates down now. They lock it up, everything. They lock everything up, put everything away now, just in case they do decide to do that again,” he explained.
McAchro hopes as people protest for Taylor, they respect the neighborhoods and businesses where they march.
“We're just being careful, that's it. Talk to people, tell them if you protest, protest peacefully, no violence, nothing like that,” McAchro said.
Ezekiel believes the Philadelphia protests for Breonna Taylor will remain peaceful.
“I think they learned that there are eyes everywhere, no matter what you do. But if it's going to happen it happens, that's life,” he said.