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Raleigh police chief: Black, blue, all lives matter

Posted December 28, 2014
Updated December 29, 2014

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— African-Americans and police officers are not the only ones whose lives matter, Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said during a remembrance ceremony Sunday.

“As I stand before you today, I can say that black lives do matter,” she said. “And as I stand before you in this Raleigh police uniform that I put on every day with pride, I must say that blue lives do matter. But as I close, I must say that we as a community must begin to recognize that all lives matter.”

The event, held at First Baptist Church in Raleigh, recognized local law enforcement and honored New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot and killed in their police car Dec. 20 after they were ambushed by a man who proclaimed that he was out to hurt police officers.

The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, said in a social media post that he wanted to injure officers in retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both of whom were killed by police. Grand juries in both incidents decided not to indict the involved officers, setting off protests across the country that ranged from peaceful to violent, with businesses being burned to the ground.

Brinsley committed suicide after killing the two officers.

“I think it's important that we're all vigilant, not just about what's going on in New York, but we had officers shot at in Durham over the weekend,” Deck-Brown said. “That's the reality of where we are.”

Durham Police Officer J.T. West was sitting in his patrol car on Lakeland Street near Truman Street on Thursday when two men approached his vehicle from behind. As West exited his vehicle to speak to the men, one of them pulled out a gun and began firing, police said. Six shots were fired at West, who fired two rounds in return, police said.

It was not immediately known if West wounded either of the men. West injured his wrist when he dove behind a staircase at a vacant apartment building. He was treated and released from a hospital.

West and the two men never exchanged words, police said.

While Sunday’s service honored Liu and Ramos, those at the event said there must be an open dialogue between the community and law enforcement.

“One number is that a cop is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours, the second number is a black man is killed every 28 hours by an officer or vigilante, and both of those numbers are wrong,” said the Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president.


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  • Combat MP Dec 29, 2014

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    So you are tooling along in the mini-cooper and you are stopped by a police officer for absolutely NO REASON. And he proceeds to insult your intelligence by asking you a bunch of questions that are none of his business. Not buying it. If you were stopped there was a reason. It always amazed me that people left that part out when complaining about harassment by police.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 29, 2014

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    Thanks for proving my point.

  • Brian Jenkins Dec 29, 2014

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    No I dont. Asking where Im heading is none of their business. Asking to search my car without a warrant is none of their business. Other than that its am I being detained or am I free to go. I didnt put a Nazi checkpoint in the street, they did.

  • jackaroe123 Dec 29, 2014

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    She put it better than that, though. She first acknowledged that Black lives matter, which was respectful and sensitive to the very real concerns that spawned that hashtag in the first place. Only then did she move on to saying blue live and all lives matter.

    Of course all lives matter, but no one is questioning whether all the other lives matter, so that's not the appropriate thing to lead with.

  • John Gardner Dec 29, 2014
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    I agree that all lives matter! I wish the people committing crimes, resisting arrest and assaulting LEO had more respect for the their own lives and very little of this would occur. Live your life as if it matters!

  • disgusted2010 Dec 29, 2014

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    SO you are painting all police officers with the brush of one officer. You only tell one side of the story and if you spoke to him/her similarly to the tone of many of your posts you were probably as much to blame as he/she was.

  • Bob Cooke Dec 29, 2014
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    Only up to a point. The point at where they have endangered others, it doesn't matter that much.

  • B.c. Jimmy Dec 29, 2014
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    I think cops should walk off the job for a week. See what happens next.

  • Kenny Dunn Dec 29, 2014
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    The police chief put it very well - all lives matter.

  • Brian Jenkins Dec 29, 2014

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    Im white. I had an officer go absolutely crazy on me when I would not answer his questions or allow him to search my car. Why do cops have attitudes for invoking your Constitutional protections? Do they not serve us? Why the attitude? I dont get it.