Aurora Community Rallies Together To Cleanup After Night Of Riots, Looting

Bernie Tafoya
June 01, 2020 - 12:35 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Aurora community rallied Monday morning after a night that saw vandals and looters torch police cars, break windows, and steal from stores following a peaceful demonstration.  

They rallied with brooms and garbage bags.

"We just wanted to come out and be a help, you know? This is our home," said Michelle Fultz.

Fultz was among dozens of Aurora residents who just started showing up downtown to help cleanup from Sunday night’s violence. Norma Ojeda was among those pitching in. She said, "I thank God for that, because this is what Aurora is about. It’s our community. We all live here. We grew up here."

Aurora police said three police cars were destroyed by fire. Buildings were vandalized, a couple of them set on fire, and police were shot at and had rocks and bottles thrown at them. One officer was hurt by a thrown object.

Tripp Hellmuth was in flip-flops and had a borrowed broom in her hand. She had been heading for a cup of coffee when she saw others gathering to clean up the community, so she joined in.

As for reaction to the vandalism and looting that occurred Sunday night, downtown resident Steve Adams surveyed the damage as he walked his dog.

"It’s pitiful that people do this for no reason....Protest, fine. Rioting and damaging property, doesn’t make sense."