Young punk kids walking around here with backpacks. Another said he was part of a group of veterans who volunteered their tactical gear to protect the store from future protests. Walker explained, ”We’ve got roofers up right now, trying to make sure our building is covered. A couple T-shirts and pairs of pants were stacked on a table next to chunks of brick thrown through the window late Friday night. A lone shoe from Sneaker Politics sits in the middle of Main Street in Deep Ellum east of downtown Dallas. ‘I’m angry and hurt’: Deep Ellum shop cleans up after looters smashed window and grabbed sneakers, Still deciding about shopping on Black Friday? “But we’re still here.”. He’s worked for the company since 2012, and was part of the group that moved from Louisiana in January. All rights reserved. Colling added, ”Here you’ve got someone that’s lost everything they own. Charles Scudder, Staff writer. Broken glass was everywhere. Looters raided the store and caused thousands of dollars in … By signing up you agree to our privacy policy, Stand with us in our mission to discover and uncover the story of North Texas. He said Saturday he couldn’t remember the details. Charlie Scudder is a general assignment reporter and has worked on the features and news desks for six years. Walker says workers are still trying to fill orders, as contractors tackle repairs, knowing more rain is in the forecast. A customer brought a box of doughnuts and a plant, “for new beginnings.”. More protests were gearing up downtown, and nearby shop owners were worried that this time they’d burn buildings down. Hayes said he has protested before for the same reasons that the crowds marched Friday night. It’s a small, tight-knit group. Regular customers Erick and Laurena Bertot were watching Friday’s protests on Facebook Live when they saw looters smash the window at Sneaker Politics. Colling said, ”Monday, after this happened, I was here. Some residents in North Dallas complain damage isn't the only thing that's stressing them out after this week's storm. “I wouldn’t look at it as a win for activists.”. DALLAS — Crews from a variety of power companies are hard at work right now as they repair and replace power lines in areas that were hit hard by tornadoes in North Texas… ", RELATED: City begins brush clean-up following devastating Dallas tornado. And the little bit they’ve got left, these creeps want to come and steal it! Just a few looters were still there, but when Daniel turned on the lights, they dropped the shoes they had snagged and ran off. Officers are allowing people to walk into the area. 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Still, he says, hitting local businesses — especially stores like Sneaker Politics that are a source of community, he said — sends the wrong message. “I’m angry and hurt,” Daniel said Saturday. He told his employees that the store was closed, but they showed up anyway to clean and hang out. White man dies trying to protect his business with a sword from looters in Dallas. He's also an adjunct professor at UNT's Mayborn School of Journalism. I mean, what’s wrong with people? Daniel was getting ready to go out for drinks Friday night when he got a text from a friend who was at the protests. He didn’t sleep well, he said, and was back just a few hours later. We’ve got guys putting doors in, because rain is coming and we’ve got to make sure that we’re keeping everything inside dry.”. One man opened his wallet and asked if he could donate cash to the store. I chased around nine or 10 looters out of here. “You’re using the protest to do all this damage to our city.”, “It’s one thing to go after the major corporations, the police,” Laurena Bertot said. Colling explained, “I’m walking around with a couple of clips and a loaded 9mm.”, RELATED: Better Business Bureau warns tornado victims to watch out for scammers. Some of his tenants have also hired private security to scare uninvited strangers away. “They just looted Politics.”. Strangers offered to help. Then, the 'lookie-loos' followed. In Houston, numerous alleged looters have already been caught: The looters, Daniel and the other employees joked, would probably be disappointed when they realized they got away with the displays, which are only filled with left-foot shoes. At Allied Plastic Supply, nearby, workers are also busy. Protester dies after getting hit by car in Bakersfield, California. Hayes pulled a yellow face mask over his nose and mouth and opened Snapchat on his phone. The racks of clothes were empty. “But when you go to the level where you’re destroying mom-and-pop shops that help build the community, that’s nonsense.”. But to see a small group that chose to smash windows and steal sneakers, he says, was disappointing. An EF-2 tornado hit Garland Sunday. Looters and vandals attacked storefronts, windows and police vehicles in downtown Dallas overnight following largely peaceful protests over the Minnesota police killing of … A viral video shows a man in Dallas, Texas being severely beaten by a crowd of “looters,” according to a correspondent for Blaze TV, who is in the city to give “Live Dallas Riot … Most of them moved to Dallas this year after working at Sneaker Politics stores in Louisiana. He knew a small group of protesters had smashed a window of the shop, Sneaker Politics, after a night of otherwise peaceful protests against the killing of black Americans by police officers. “It’s just sad that a few people will diminish what the protest is about.”. Daniel, who is black, says that he understands why people in Dallas and across the country are protesting and that he supports the demonstrations. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. Daniel didn’t leave the store until nearly 4:30 a.m. All afternoon, people came by to check on the store. When he couldn't get close to the store by car, Daniel got out and ran. Just a few shoes remained on the shelves Saturday. Raised in Colleyville, he is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Indiana University. Man shot dead in Downtown Indianapolis amid George Floyd protests . “It’s weird to say, but it’s deeper than just sneakers and clothes,” Daniel said. Some property owners are also hard at work. ”I have 35 different people in here,” R.G. Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have devastated Texas and Florida, leaving debris, flooding, damage, and destruction in their wake. The shop opened in Deep Ellum last fall, and has become a source of community for sneaker-heads across North Texas.

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