Businesses picking up the pieces left behind by rioters in Portland
Shattered windows, glass-covered sidewalks, and spray-painted messages account for some of the damage that Portland businesses dealt with after a May Day protest march turned to riots.
“It's an attack. It’s not a personal attack but it’s still an attack, and I have to deal with the aftermath,” said Cal Brockman, owner of Goldmark Jewelers said.
Rioters tossed a rock through his shop window, prompting him to stay closed Tuesday.
“I'm still shell shocked, I thought I was stronger but I really have been feeling weakened,” Brockman said.
A plywood board now covers the broken window, along with a small paper sign saying "life will go on."
Down the road, there was another smashed window at Michael Parsons Fine Art, on the eve of a timely exhibit.
“Our May show is a show about Portland protests, so there is an irony that our windows would be broken,” gallery owner Michael Parsons said.
Hanging near the now broken window, small painted pallets showing Portland in November when rioters took to the streets.
Sean DeWitt with SIR Auto Glass helped fix windshields rioters smashed last November. He says he’s shocked to see this happening again in Portland.
“I didn't think it would happen again and worse,” DeWitt said.
Now, a day after rioters took to the streets, many Portland business owners say they won’t lose faith in our community.
“It tells me still a lot of people out there are still good people,” Brockman said.
Many of the businesses say they are just trying to get back to business as usual, as quickly as possible.