Throughout Cambodia Town, an immigrant community In Long Beach, California, boarded-up businesses can be seen everywhere. They are reminders of what happened on one night, May 31, 2020.
While news cameras captured looters — in some places three deep, rushing into businesses and taking things from inside — Rumpo Chim was on the ground, trying to defend his pizza restaurant.
“It was very scary. It was just like a movie from a movie script,” he said. “They were coming left and right from every direction. I had to point a gun at them. I said, ‘You need to leave.’ ”
Eventually, Chim went home with his sister-in-law, who owns a jewelry store in the same building. When he returned later that night, his restaurant was vandalized and the jewelry store was burned.