Volunteers Join Tulsa Businesses To Clean Up After 2nd Night Of Vandalism

Tuesday, June 2nd 2020, 12:35 pm
By: Amy Avery, News On 6

TULSA, Okla. -

Many businesses are cleaning up this afternoon following the second night of vandalism in Tulsa this time in the area of 71st and Memorial.

Many volunteers are helping to pick up the pieces on Wednesday like Jake Baldwin who is one of many Tulsans who came to pick up trash after crowds and police clashed overnight. Baldwin says he understands why people are upset but doesn't think businesses should be left to clean up the mess.

"We don't deserve to have our streets look like this," said Baldwin.

Another man said he saw some photos of the damage at AutoZone on Facebook and grabbed a bucket and a broom to help employees clean up the mess left behind.

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It's not just debris from the vandals that have been left behind though. Tulsa Police pepper balls and rubber bullets while trying to disperse crowds overnight. Baldwin says he's even found a few of those rounds still lying on the ground.

"These are hitting people, these are hitting humans, these are hitting people's children," said Baldwin.

Ariel Pierce is part of the Greenwood Peaceful Protesters and says she came to help clean up this morning to make a statement that people can protest peacefully for George Floyd's life.

"It doesn't have to be destruction. It doesn't have to be an eye for an eye. I understand the anger and the pain because if I watched my son get murdered in front of my face or my husband I would want someone to burn the ground down too," she said.

Pierce says she hopes these events remind people to be more mindful of others and where they come from.

"I think we just need to be more respectful of humans. I think that's the first thing and I think we just need to be able to come around and help each other and imagine being in each other's shoes," said Pierce.