'It’s Beautiful To Me': CPD Helps Austin Community Clean Up After Looting

Bernie Tafoya
June 03, 2020 - 1:45 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In the city’s Austin neighborhood, community residents and others joined with Chicago police on Wednesday to make the area better looking than it did Tuesday.

The city had crews out with weed-whacking and branch removal equipment. Austin community residents, Chicago police and other volunteers did trash pick up in the area around Laramie and Lake Street.

"We had some looting in the district so we wanted to make sure we came out and showed the community we support them and that they have help here and that we’re willing to come out and do whatever we need," said 15th District Cmdr. Yolanda Talley.

The commander said having police officers and police recruits take part only improves relations with the community.

There were more than 100 people involved in the clean-up including Minister George Bady of Jehovah Jireh #1 Outreach Ministry.

"I think this is a blessing and I don’t want this to be a one-time thing, because of all the looting that took place. I want this to be a continuing effort once a month. This is how you bring a community together," he said.

Maretta Brown-Miller lives in the Austin neighborhood and showed up with an extender trash picker and some garbage bags. 

"This will help celebrate Mr. George Floyd’s memory in saying that he brought people together for a good cause to clean up their community," she said.

37th Ward Alderman Emma Mitts said cleaning up a neighborhood makes people feel better about where they live.  

"Any time things around you are filthy, it hinders your thinking process. So, if you clean it up, then we can see how to get out of there. The light shines just a little bit more," she said.

Long time Austin resident Conrad Morris looked at what was going on and proclaimed, "Excellent. It’s beautiful to me."