Kenosha Store Owner Breaks Down After Business of 40 Years Is Burned Down: ‘It’s All Gone’

by Matthew Wilson
Kenosha Store Owner Breaks Down Business Burned Down

A Wisconsin business owner could barely hold it together after seeing what remained of her furniture store. The store had been burned down amid violent protests in Kenosha. For almost the past week, protesters have marched in the streets against the police shooting of local resident Jacob Blake. 

Linda Carpenter owned B & L Office Furniture, which had been in business for 40 years. Now nothing but ash remains. Her son Scott supported and comforted her.

“It’s all gone … we didn’t do nothing to nobody,” Carpenter told the New York Post, in tears.  

Her son Scott said they have insurance on the business, but the loss is devastating to him and his mother, as well as the community.

“It’s not justifiable,” Scott told Town Hall. “We have insurance, yeah, but the insurance isn’t there so somebody can destroy your things…we pay for it. It causes insurance rates to go up. It’s basically theft. Whoever did this stole from us.”

Kenosha has been the center of violent protests.

Since Sunday, Kenosha has been the center of violent clashes between protesters and the police. Protesters started setting fires to both businesses and cars alike after a video of Blake’s shooting emerged. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency and requested the assistance of the National Guard. Tuesday night, two people were killed and another injured on a busy street. The teen accused of the shooting waits in jail in Illinois for an extradition back to Wisconsin.

Due to looting, a local gaming business announced it was closing its doors for good.

“Everything in the store was taken and the place was destroyed,” the Gravity Gaming Lounge annouced on Facebook. “For a business that was struggling to get back to normal and pushing through these hard times we will not be able to come back from this.”

[Source: New York Post]