A bakery owner from Cleveland, Ohio spoke out on Monday to claim that she’s been hit with threats for trying to help police officers find the rioters who gutted her business.
“The store’s gotten some threats. When it gets rebuilt it’s going to get hit again. That my cooperation is unfair. That I shouldn’t be— I shouldn’t be cooperating with the FBI. That, you know…it’s…against the cause,” Kelly Kandah, proprietor of Colossal Cupcakes, said in an interview with “Fox & Friends.”
“I’m actually absolutely for the cause,” she added. “But it’s upsetting people that I would…involve the police over something such as property.”
Kandah went on to explain that her bakery was targeted by rioters on May 30, days after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She said she feared for her life when rioters descended upon her store, and that she was left with no choice but to lock herself in the bathroom and call the police as her business was destroyed. “They did save my life. Absolutely,” she said of the Cleveland police officers who came to her rescue. Unfortunately, this was not the end of her problems.
“I was showing some of the damage and I was leaving, a friend and myself, and someone walking by approached us and said, ‘When the store rebuilds, when you rebuild this, I’m going to come back and destroy it again and you.’ He sort of just kept walking and was gone,” Kandah recounted. She added that she is now afraid to reopen her business because of these threats.
She can see how ironic it is that those who are attacking her for calling the police are essentially saying she should have endured the loss of her bakery in order to show that she supports black lives. “It’s just really sad,” Kandah concluded. “Unfortunately my store is not open right now and I’m so involved with the community and I’m so involved with our inner-city schools and I’m so for the cause that I do a lot of community service. Right now, I can’t. I don’t have anything being brought in to be able to donate as much as I usually do.”
This piece was written by PoliZette Staff on June 23, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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