Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was joined by Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Bronx elected officials, community groups and clergy to call for peaceful protests following a night of vandalism which saw several local businesses looted on Fordham Road.
The press conference, which took place on Grand Concourse and Fordham Road, addressed the chaos that unfolded in The Fordham Road Shopping District and nearby Burnside Avenue retail corridor on Monday, June 1st.
“Last night was bad, not just for The Bronx but for all of New York City,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I know that people are angry and scared, but this cannot be the way forward. What happened on Fordham Road and Burnside wasn’t justice and George Floyd would not have wanted this done in his name. We call for peaceful protest, for everyone to come together against systemic racism and inequality without hurting those who are right here living in our own communities.
Earlier in the day, Borough President Diaz joined several Bronx elected officials and community leaders to help clean up debris at Bronx Optical Center, an eye-care business on Burnside Avenue which had been looted during the overnight unrest.