KENOSHA — Dozens of business owners in Kenosha are picking up the pieces after several nights of unrest in the city. They are doing this while other area residents make their way to the hardest hit areas to see the damage and destruction for themselves.
Tony Farmer owns a Boost Mobile cell phone store that was destroyed by looters and fire this week. He calls the recent unrest in his city a mix of anarchy and chaos.
“I know people want to make a point and get their point across and get the attention they need. There is a way to do it, and burning down your community isn’t the right way” says Farmer. He plans to relocate his store but he knows others won’t be able to. “There’s just going to be empty lots sitting for years” he said.
Maria Davis lives in Kenosha and brought her sons to see the damage. "There’s a lot of devastation. "I think it’s a lot more than I expected just watching some of the footage on TV.” Ed Jirgensen drove down from Racine to see the damage. “It looks like World War 2 down here it’s horrible… It’s a lot worse than I anticipated” said Jirgensen.
Many of the business owners have set up fundraisers to help them re-build.