BALTIMORE (WNEW/AP) — Baltimore residents are out in their neighborhoods Tuesday morning with trash bags and brooms, doing what they can to clean up after Monday’s Freddie Gray-related riots.
WNEW’s PJ Elliott reports that police allowed cleanup crews into barricaded areas along North Avenue to bag the debris.
Governor Larry Hogan showed up at the cleanup scene Tuesday morning, as well, praising and thanking the volunteers for their efforts.
WJZ-TV’s Ron Matz talked to a woman near the intersection of Pennsylvania and North Avenues who said she thought it was “civic duty” to help out by picking up trash.
“It’s senseless what they done yesterday,” she says.
The area is near the CVS pharmacy that was burned and looted during the riots.
“We have to use this CVS, I get my medicine from this CVS… so we have to clean up what they messed up so we can start to build our lives back over again.”
Hardware stores donated trash bags and brooms, and city workers brought in trucks to haul away mounds of trash and broken glass.
With schools closed, Blanca Tapahuasco brought her three sons, ages 2 to 8, from another part of the city to help sweep the brick-and-pavement courtyard outside the CVS.
“We’re helping the neighborhood build back up,” she said. “This is an encouragement to them to know the rest of the city is not just looking on and wondering what to do.”
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