New Jersey

Atlantic City, Trenton Impose Curfews as People Clean Up Damaged Businesses

Officials in the New Jersey cities said no injuries were reported in Sunday's unrest

A cleanup crew began removing shards of glass and furniture at a PNC bank in Trenton, NJ, Monday, June 1, 2020.
AP Photo/Mike Catalini

What to Know

  • People carrying brooms and dustpans helped clean up New Jersey’s capital after vandalism and looting from protests over George Floyd’s death.
  • A similar effort in Atlantic City saw young people from a church clean up a shopping district where windows were smashed and stores looted. 
  • Atlantic City has imposed a 7 p.m. curfew for the coming week, and Trenton also has a 7 p.m. curfew.

Good Samaritans carrying brooms, dustpans and shop vacuums joined hired crews Monday in New Jersey's capital to clear broken glass and other debris after vandalism and looting followed protests of the Minneapolis death of George Floyd.

A similar effort took place in Atlantic City, where young people from a church helped clear a shopping district that saw smashed windows and looting.

Chris DeLeon, 34, of Trenton, carried a push broom and said he arrived at 8 a.m. with dozens of other people to sweep up broken glass.

At least three banks downtown, along with other business, had windows smashed. DeLeon said he attended the protest and saw live videos showing the vandalism after he left. He decided to come back to help clean.

“It just goes to show there’s at least as many good people as there are other folks out there," he said.

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small apologized to businesses for vandalism and looting that affected more than 20 businesses Sunday, most of them in The Walk, a shopping district.

Seventeen people were arrested in connection with the looting, the mayor said, and six were Atlantic City residents.

Small imposed a 7 p.m. curfew for the coming week. Trenton also has a 7 p.m. curfew, which lifts at 6 a.m.

The violence is unacceptable, Small said.

“You can't go anyplace else and do that,” he said. “You can't go anywhere else and have people accept that.”

Teenagers from a church were among those helping clean up vandalism, Atlantic City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz said.

Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora toured the West State Street business corridor Monday morning and said police determined some of the vandals were from out of town. But he also called on young people in Trenton to take responsibility.

“This is definitely a step backward,” he said. “Yesterday was also peaceful for the most part. A productive dialog took place, but then once it turned dark, things go ugly. We had agitators from out of town who should have stayed out of town, and unfortunately we have a lot of youth from Trenton that have to take ownership of the damage downtown."

No injuries were reported in the disturbances Sunday night in Atlantic City and Trenton.

Floyd, a black man who was in handcuffs at the time, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer kept a knee pressed on his neck even after he had stopped breathing. Protests have rocked U.S. communities ever since, with nightfall discontinuing peaceful activity.

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