Raleigh police chief talks with protester, takes list of demands
Posted June 3, 2020 7:59 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown spoke for the first time Wednesday after the city implemented its curfew in the wake of the George Floyd protests and riots from Saturday and Sunday.
What was supposed to be a large gathering at the Raleigh Police Headquarters on Six Forks Road Wednesday afternoon turned out to be something of a special moment between one protester and Cassandra Deck-Brown, the chief of police. Only community organizer Conrad James was there, and despite signs on the door that the building was closed to the public, James tried to go inside.
James was pushed outside and met another officer moments later. James handed the officer a list of demands for the police chief. One of the demands included was a mandatory minimum sentencing of five years for officers who kill unarmed civilians. While James was talking with WRAL's Kirsten Gutierrez, Deck-Brown came out to speak with James.
“Hi Conrad. I’m Chief Deck-Brown," the police chief said. "I’ve got your request. We’ll look at it. But you know what I think is more important is that you understand I don’t condone any officer that takes a citizen’s life."
“I know that, but pledging your support would also be a step in the right direction,” James said.
"Pledging support could also reflect something even greater than this," Deck-Brown said. "So, I think it’s important that we assess this, but I think it’s also even more important that you understand that I don’t condone bad cops, and I think we all know that what we saw has turned all of our hearts. So we will continue to work to do better and build relationships.”
After this interaction, James called off other protesters. Deck-Brown said she will assess the demands. James said while she didn’t pledge her support for the list of demands yet, he hopes she will.