Black woman slams ‘looters who trashed her store’ and says Black Lives Matter protesters ‘lied’ – The Sun

A BLACK woman whose store was trashed and looted during George Floyd protests slammed rioters and called the Black Lives Matter movement a lie.

The unidentified woman was filmed standing outside of her business, Valentine Deli Corp, located in the Bronx borough of New York City.

The bodega appears to be in ruins in the clip, which has gone viral on social media, although it's unclear when it was filmed.

“The problem that bothers me is you say Black Lives Matter,” the woman is heard saying. “I’ve worked here part-time, plus I’m a part-owner of this store.”

“You said Black Lives Matter — why don’t you choke me? I’m black.”

The woman points to garbage and debris on the sidewalk that she and others spent the night cleaning up after the store was looted.

“Look what you did to my store — look! Look what you did to my store. We’ve been here all night cleaning up, all night cleaning.”

Someone else in the video is heard saying: “You got black people standing right here with them.”

The woman angrily speaks to the camera: “Now tell me Black Lives Matter. You lied.”

“You wanted to loot a store. You needed money. Get a job like I do — stop stealing,” she said.

“This is a neighborhood. We’re trying to build it up and you’re tearing ti down,” the business owner said before the clip ends.

The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 after black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Florida by one-time community watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was later acquitted.

The movement has grown as fatal shootings of black people by police officers are increasingly recorded and shared on social media, sometimes as confrontations are still unfolding.

Black Lives Matter regularly campaigns against institutional racism and violence towards black people, and speaks out against police brutality, and racial inequality.

Valentine Deli Corp didn’t immediately respond to calls from The Sun on Wednesday morning, the day after another night of unrest broke out in New York.

The city was under an 8pm to 5am curfew on Tuesday night in an effort to prevent looters from ransacking stores in the boroughs.

Big and small stores were boarded up in preparation for the night, during which people have been both peacefully marching — and looting — following Floyd’s death last week.

President Donald Trump has slammed New York Gov Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for the destruction happening in the city.

On Wednesday, he tweeted that police officers were "not being allowed to perform their MAGIC but regardless, and with the momentum that the Radical Left and others have been allowed to build, they will need additional help."

He said Cuomo and de Blasio "MUST PUT DOWN RIOTING NOW!"

De Blasio moved up the curfew from 11pm to 8pm, but has refused to bring in the National Guard — despite Trump telling him the guard is "ready" to go to the city.

Shortly after the curfew took effect on Tuesday, de Blasio said: "Everyone, time to go home so we can keep people safe."

Floyd was arrested for trying to use a fake $20 bill at a deli in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.

While in police custody, former cop Derek Chauvin placed his knee on the back Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

People across the US and throughout the world have since been protesting police brutality and racism, and chanting Black Lives Matter as they march through the streets.

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