Police Protests

Armed counterprotesters have confronted anti-racism rallies in at least 33 states, according to a new analysis by Guns & America.

Line of police officers in riot gear face a line of kneeling protesters.
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Law enforcement agencies have spent at least $2.2 million responding to protests that occurred in Raleigh, North Carolina, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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A street mural with an anti-racist message will make its debut in Fayetteville after council members changed their minds about what slogans should be used.

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Protesters have been camped outside the Durham Police Department since Monday night. That's when the Durham City Council approved a 5% increase in the police budget, bringing it to $70 million.

Journalist Paul Woolverton was covering the protests in Fayetteville the last Saturday in May when he was attacked. He suffered a concussion, and still doesn’t remember some of what transpired outside the Cross Creek Mall.

On this episode of the Politics Podcast from WUNC, the longtime Fayetteville reporter discusses how the unrest has played out in his city, the local landmark that was set on fire, and some of the fallout. 
 


Demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality are now in their third week in Charlotte. On Monday evening, about 75 protesters gathered at uptown's First Ward Park just before a light rain began to fall.

A National Guard soldier called in to help quell protests in Louisville fatally shot Kentucky restaurant owner David McAtee.

Some members of the National Guard are facing consequences because they refused orders to deploy to major cities during this month's protests.

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on racial profiling and policing following the killing of George Floyd. The hearings follow congressional Democrats unveiling legislation that would amount to major reforms for the nation’s police departments.

Police disperse tear gas in downtown Raleigh during a protest on May 30, 2020 to call for justice in the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis earlier in the week.
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The Charlotte City Council has voted to stop funding chemical agents for police use after the city’s police boxed in and gassed demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd.

A man hold a sign at a protest in downtown Raleigh on May 30, 2020 to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier in the week.
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The city of Raleigh lifted its curfew and state of emergency on Monday, a week after it was imposed on residents.

A referee holds a basketball during an N.C. State women's basketball game at Reynolds Coliseum in 2020.
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Several professional and college sports teams in North Carolina are ending their partnerships with CPI Security, a home security company based in Charlotte, after the firm’s CEO told an activist that people should focus on “black-on-black crime” rather than the protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd.

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The police chief in Asheville has apologized for the destruction of a medic station that was set up for people protesting police brutality and the death of George Floyd.

A crowd gathers in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday night to protest the death of George Floyd and violence against black Americans.
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Daily protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have spread across North Carolina. While the message of these demonstrations is slightly different in each city, there has been a broad call for overhauling the way police officers do their jobs.

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Attorney General William Barr is holding a news conference Thursday with other leaders of the Justice Department, including FBI Director Christopher Wray. The remarks come amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and racial inequality.

Watch the press conference live at 12:30 p.m.

(Thursday 10:00 p.m.) - Thursday night’s vigil in Pack Square went off peacefully, with protesters leaving as organizers urged before the 8 p.m. curfew went into effect.  

Protests in Greensboro began Tuesday night with people taking a knee and doing the black power salute to remember why they marched: for George Floyd, who died last week in Minneapolis while in police custody, and also Marcus Smith, who died in Greensboro
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Cities across the Triangle and Triad witnessed a night of peaceful demonstrations, more than a week after the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

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Police officers in Fayetteville took a knee in solidarity with protesters Monday, two days after the city had experienced violence and looting.

Police in riot gear protect the old state capitol building in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
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Updated at 4:17 p.m. on 6/1/2020.

North Carolina’s capital city is enacting a curfew starting Monday night, after two nights of protests sparked by the latest killing of a black man by police led to street fires, store break-ins, and fireworks being thrown at officers.

The Greensboro Police Department has been training and deploying its new Civil Emergency Unit.

Captain John Wolfe commands the 90-member team, which is most often mobilized to observe and respond to public demonstrations. The CEU trains several times a year. Wolfe says it has learned from the mistakes of departments who have sent untrained officers to deal with tense protesters.

Garner Police Department, Police OFficers
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Commentary about tragic encounters between police and the public, mainly black men, has been a mainstay in the news these days.

Whether it’s the low pay or the bad publicity, police departments say it’s been increasingly hard to recruit new officers.

The images and sounds of police officers in riot gear, marching through the streets of Baltimore are hard to erase.