Departments help clean up after the civil unrest.

Heroes of the Unrest

At the end of May and beginning of June, Los Angeles experienced peaceful protests and civil unrest in reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. LA City crews were kept busy on patrol and cleaning up.

When preschool-aged children in his TV audience were frightened by tragedy or protest, Fred Rogers of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” mentioned the advice his mother gave him at the same age: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

We salute these City helpers who worked to facilitate peaceful protests, clean up after destructive actions, and return to normal. We wish the City healing and peace.

PICTURED ABOVE: “Focus on the helpers:” Two from Sanitation – Edgar Dominguez and Francisco Gallardo – saw what had happened and stopped to help clean up the Club’s broken windows. From left: Club CEO John Hawkins; Edgar Dominguez; Club Customer Service Rep DeAngelo Thompson; and Francisco Gallardo.

Windows at the Club Store downtown were broken during the night of civil unrest May 30 (the Club Store has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic). Club CEO John Hawkins, Club Store Manager Guadalupe Lira and Customer Service Rep DeAngelo Thompson came in early the next morning to clean up and supervise the boarding up of the windows.

A Public Works/Sanitation truck drove by and noticed the Club crew cleaning up the mess. The RCTO crew stopped and helped clear the windows of the broken glass, and then take the broken glass away. Thanks, Sanitation crew!