Kelly Kandah, the owner of Colossal Cupcakes in Cleveland, said she and four employees locked themselves in the bathroom of the store as looters showed up and destroyed everything, as protests over the death of George Floyd have grown out of control.
“I had this for almost 10 years, my family built it up, [I] listened to it get absolutely destroyed,” Kandah said on Tuesday. “That whole time we were locked in there … I just listened to everything getting shattered and crushed.”
“It was devastating,” she added.
Protests were sparked by the May 25 death of Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis cop, Derek Chauvin, was seen kneeling on his neck in a viral video. Chauvin has been fired and charged with third-degree murder, and the federal Justice Department has been investigating the case. Crowds across the nation have seized on the racially charged incident to demand justice, but the protests have devolved into riots in many cities, culminating in days of carnage.