Also Destroyed By Riots

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Also Destroyed Riots

The Washington Post

April 20, 2001

In every riot description, such as the recent one in Cincinnati, little is written about losses sustained by innocent merchants whose businesses are destroyed.

In the ’68 riot in the District when my drug store was burned down, insurance did not cover or pay for loss of livelihood — the value of a business, since there is no insurance for that loss.

Despite a recommendation by the D.C. Council in ’68 to pay reparations for losses not covered by insurance, nothing happened.

The same situation undoubtedly exists after every riot in every city.



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