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Woman Threatened For Cooperating With Police After Looters Hit Her Store

Cleveland, OH – An Ohio business owner is saying she is receiving threats for cooperating with police after her store was looted.

Kelly Kandah, owner of Colossal Cupcakes in Cleveland, made her claims on Fox & Friends TV show.

Her business was destroyed by looters on May 30 during the George Floyd protests while Kandah and four employees hid inside a locked restroom, according to Fox News.

Some of the threats included people telling her that if she does rebuild her store, “it’s going to get hit again,” according to Fox News.

Kandah also talked about how she is being criticized for cooperating with authorities after her store was looted.

The store-owner said some are calling her cooperation with police “unfair.”

Her critics have said she shouldn’t be cooperating with the FBI because it is “against the cause, which I’m actually absolutely for the cause, but it’s upsetting people that I would involve the police over something such as property.”

Kandah said that she had owned her store for nearly 10 years.

“My family built it up, [I] listened to it get absolutely destroyed,” Kandah said June 2, according to Fox News. “That whole time we were locked in there … I just listened to everything getting shattered and crushed.”

She said a week after her store was destroyed, a man approached her on the street and said he would destroy the store again and her, according to Fox News.

Kandah said she was afraid to reopen her store.

On June 12, WJW reported that Tandre Buchanan Jr., 22, was seen in a video and photos damaging stores in the downtown was arrested.

Video allegedly showed Buchanan leaving the Colossal Cupcakes store via a broken plate glass window. He also had a chair from the store in his hands that he had taken outside.

Buchanan was charged with federal interference with commerce by threats or violence, according to WJW.

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Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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