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'Part of our history': Post-riot artwork hangs in GR museum

9 days ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - What began as a peaceful protest the last Saturday in May, just days after George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police, erupted into a riot in downtown Grand Rapids.
When it was over, damage and costs to businesses and city were estimated at around $2 million .
Soon after, artists turned the plywood covering broken storefront windows into canvas, creating artwork , much of it focused on race issues , that remained until the glass could be replaced.
Photos: Murals cover destroyed windows
Now three of those pieces are part of the Grand Rapids Public Museum...
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Man pleads guilty in connection to Grand Rapids riot

Man pleads guilty in connection to Grand Rapids riot

9 days ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A man has pleaded guilty in connection to the riot in downtown Grand Rapids last summer.
Byron Castaneda pleaded guilty Monday to charges of riot. Two other charges, breaking and entering a building with intent to commit a larceny and lying to police during an investigation, have been dismissed.
During the riot, which happened in May 2020, more than 100 businesses were damaged. In all, officials say, rioters caused some $2 million in private damages and costs to the city.
Castaneda also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a separate case that's not related the riot.
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