Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
|Katherine Mahmoud owns the Boost Mobile store on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee, which was looted in the early morning of May 30. (Photo: Bill Glauber)|
Katherine Mahmoud is furious about George Floyd's death — but she's also angry at those who destroyed her family's Milwaukee cellphone shop as protests escalated early Saturday morning.
"If you really care deeply in your heart ... (protest) in silence, go to the courts," she said.
She was awoken in the early hours by a phone call from the alarm company. Not knowing what to expect, she drove from her home in Oak Creek to her family's Boost Mobile store on N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee's Harambee neighborhood.
The windows were smashed, the merchandise all gone.
It's infuriating, she said, especially as her store has "nothing to do" with what protesters were rallying against.
"I look just like them," she said. Why did they do it?
"Don't get me wrong, I'm pissed about George Floyd. ... It could have been my brother, it could have been my son."
What people need to do is "go above," she said — "change some laws so this won't happen" and ensure law-enforcement officers will be held accountable for their actions