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'I'm feeling violated and angry': Downtown Madison businesses bearing brunt of community outrage
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'I'm feeling violated and angry': Downtown Madison businesses bearing brunt of community outrage

From the Pain and protest: Madison responds to the police killing of George Floyd (Summer 2020) series

For three nights, business on and around State Street in Downtown Madison have been sitting ducks for those who have taken advantage of the uproar over the killing of George Floyd to vandalize and steal their property. Almost every business on the street, from new ventures to those that have been around for decades, has been hit by graffiti, broken windows or looting. Above most of these properties are apartments occupied by residents, many of them terrified of what the nightly raids might bring. While the owners are weary of the damage, support for the cause behind the protests is nearly unanimous. "It’s kind of small in comparison to what’s happening in the world,” said Martha Askins, whose bookstore, Paul’s Books, had its windows smashed Tuesday.

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