MARY-ANN BALDWIN: Don't judge protesters by others seeking destruction and chaos

Posted September 28, 2020 5:00 a.m. EDT

Mayor of Raleigh Mary-Ann Baldwin speaks at a press conference about vandalism, protests on Sept. 27, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following statement from Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin was issued early Sunday morning, following the end of protests in downtown Raleigh Saturday night.

What Raleigh experienced tonight was wrong and had very little to do with any call for justice. The city prepared an opportunity for those who wanted to protest peacefully, and once again, vandals (mostly white) used this as an excuse to incite violence and cause destruction of our downtown business community. Any message of support for Breonna Taylor was usurped by protestors who do not care about peace; they came here with the goal of destruction.

We as a Council are seeking understanding and compassion. We want to bring our community together. We commend the groups who gathered to peacefully protest this afternoon. Their message was clear – they are asking for equity and safety for people of color. We want to work together to achieve these goals.

I am urging our community not to judge the peaceful protestors by the actions of those who came to Raleigh tonight with an agenda of destruction. Their goal was simply to cause chaos. We responded quickly and made multiple arrests. For those who want peace, we are here to work with you.

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