UPDATE: It has been two years since the riots took place in downtown Grand Rapids in 2020. I am still amazed at how the community came together back then to put the city back together that morning following the upheaval. After such an awful incident, it made me proud to say I was from Grand Rapids after the outpouring of help to restore the great city of Grand Rapids.

What started out as a peaceful protest in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, May 30th turned into a violent riot by others later in the evening. The damage and destruction went well into the early morning hours the next day.

When the sun came up on Sunday, West Michigan residents grabbed their brooms, shovels, buckets, and cleaning supplies and headed to downtown GR to start the clean up.

Volunteers also brought water and snacks to hand out. Restaurants and shops (some of which had been damaged the night before) worked to feed those who were helping to clean up downtown Grand Rapids.

The City of Grand Rapids expressed gratitude for those helping to clean.

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Cleaning Up Downtown Grand Rapids - May 31, 2020

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