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Quotables

“I don’t even know how to put it into context. It’s beyond anything that we’ve ever seen before.”

Max Kapustin, senior research director at the University of Chicago Crime Lab, on the 18 murders in Chicago on May 31, the most of any day for the city since the lab began keeping records in 1961. Another 85 people in Chicago suffered gunshot wounds on that day. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city’s 911 service received more than 65,000 calls on May 31, including 10,000 for looting. On most days, the service receives about 15,000 calls. 

“They don’t care about my business. They didn’t protect our people. We were all on our own.”

Kris Wyrobek, president and owner of 7-Sigma Inc., on the lack of assistance by Minneapolis, Minn., public officials when rioters destroyed his company’s manufacturing plant. Wyrobek says his company, which has operated in Minneapolis since 1987, will rebuild somewhere other than Minneapolis—a move that will reportedly cost the city 50 jobs. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported that riots damaged nearly 1,000 commercial properties in the city.

“You can smell the complete difference.”

Electrician Chad Brown on returning to ride New York’s subway system, which has more regular cleaning now during the pandemic.

“There’s a mad rush to get out of the city.”

Ginger Martin, an agent with Sotheby’s International Realty, on wealthy residents moving away from San Francisco, Calif., and into wealthy areas nearby because of COVID-19 concerns. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the rental market is also in decline, as rates have fallen 9.2 percent in the last 12 months. 

“If I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care.”

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., caught on hot mic expressing his desire to speak at a press event on police brutality.