Business Owners Find Destruction in Protest’s Wake – NBC 7 San Diego

Shattered windows. Graffiti. Broken doors.

That’s what greeted dozens of downtown San Diego business owners Monday night after a group of protestors marched through the area Sunday night and into early Monday morning.

“Please don’t
mix up the message,” said Rose Marie Royster.

That message was loud and clear for the first few hours of protests along Broadway in San Diego. Hundreds of demonstrators packed a few city blocks and shouted, chanted, and knelt in front of a line of San Diego Police officers dressed in riot gear.

Royster said
the protestors were angry and wanted change in the wake of George Floyd’s death
in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“They have
my total support,” Royster said.

However, Royster, who owns The Royster Building on G Street, does not support the protestors who turned to vandalism in downtown San Diego.

“This has
nothing to do with that. Nothing to do with it,” she said. “This is just a random
act of violence. Absolute anarchy.”

Royster said
she was sitting at home watching protestors escalate their vandalism Sunday
night on a live Facebook video.

“I saw
somebody with a club, standing back just ready to smash this window, and the
live stream went dead,” she said.

Royster
arrived Monday morning to find 11 of the 18 windows on her bottom floor were shattered.

“You don’t
show up with bricks and rocks and metal objects to break windows for people who
had nothing to do with this.”

Dozens of businesses showed up to work Monday morning to find shattered windows and graffiti. Yet, this owner still supports the demonstrations.NBC 7 at 4:30 and 6:00.

Posted by Joe Little on Monday, June 1, 2020

Dozens of businesses
spent Monday boarding windows and cleaning graffiti vandalism off walls.

“I’m just
kind of, I’m sad. I’m sad for our city. I’m sad for our country,” admitted
Royster. “This was kind of for me, last night, kind of the final straw.”

Royster’s husband
died in February. Now, she’s undergoing chemotherapy in the middle of the
coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s just
one more trial. What can I say?”

She said people
should be angry about George Floyd’s death. However, she said shattering
windows mixes up that message.

Please don’t mix up the message.

Rose Marie Royster

“It doesn’t honor
this man’s memory in any way,” said Royster. “In fact, I think they’ve hurt the
cause.”

Rose Marie Royster said she used to sit on the City’s Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board. She said the Minneapolis Police Officers involved in Floyd’s death should be punished.

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