Looters run in and out of Walmart in Fayetteville, steal big screen TVs
WRAL's Bryan Mims has an update on the protest and looting that is still going on in Fayetteville.
can't wait for things to get back to more normal. I mean, you love your kids, right, but home schooling, really? And Sandra and I can--you know, we can sympathize. We home schooled for ten years, and I'll tell ya who else can sympathize with you. Ben. Ben is being home schooled for the very first time, and during a break in the homeschooling process, Ben wrote a little note and I'd like to share Ben's note with you. Here's what Ben writes. Ben, he's being homed school 3-16-2020. Here's what he says, "It is not going good. My mom's getting stressed out. My mom is really getting confused." Then he says this, "We took a break so my mom can figure this stuff out and I'm telling you it is not going good." You can relate to that. Maybe not specifically to home schooling, but it's just not going good. Maybe it went good for the first few days or for the first couple of weeks, but you're kind of tired of this. And then along comes James, the brother of Jesus, with advice or instruction that honestly, it just strikes me as too passive and it strikes me as insensitive. And the reason it strikes me is insensitive is James doesn't know what's goin' on in my life and James doesn't know what's Goin' on in your life, that James is gonna give us advice without hearing our stories, and that's always a bad idea. It's a bit like when you read in the New Testament where Jesus says, "Don't worry about tomorrow. Don't worry about tomorrow." And you want to raise your hand and say, Hey," hold on a minute. Let me tell you about what's coming up tomorrow in my life and then you tell me don't worry about "tomorrow. It just seems so insensitive to just give these big blanket overarching statements, "Don't worry about tomorrow." And what James is about to tell us, well, it falls into that same category. But regardless of how much I don't like what James says and regardless of how much maybe you won't like what James says, we would be fools not to take his instruction seriously, and here's why. Because this is James, the brother of Jesus. And more specifically, this is James who was the leader in the church in Jerusalem during the 1st century. This is James who believed his brother was his Lord because he saw his brother crucified and then he saw his brother after he rose from the dead. And this is James, the brother of Jesus, who led the church in Jerusalem, get this, for about 30 years. His street cred for me is related to what happened during those 30 years. During those 30 years, remember, the church in Jerusalem was primarily Jewish. These Jews that had chosen to follow Jesus were considered blasphemers. We would say heretics. They didn't use that terminology back then. They were considered blasphemers. They were ostracized from society. They were ostracized from the temple. Their poor were not supported by the temple and things were very difficult for this group of people. And this was the group of people that James was responsible for leading. So for 30 years, James carries this weight and he sees the difficulty and the trials that these Jesus followers are, you know, facing every single day; that essentially James-- and this is what gives them credibility. James was surrounded by and he was actually responsible for a community in crisis. And with all that going on, here's what he told his 1st century Jesus follower friends to do, and here's what he tells you to do, and here's what he tells me to do. James chapter 1. Here's what he says. "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ." This is amazing, that all these years later, James considered his brother his Lord. Now, what he says next, if you grew up in church, is pretty familiar. And I've taken this verse and I've reversed the order so that us English readers can get a better sense of what James is communicating. Here's what he says next and here's the part, well, it's just not my favorite part of the Bible. Here's what he says. He says, "Whenever you face trials." Whenever you face trials. Not if ever, whenever. You can't pray 'em away. You can't obey 'em away. You can't faith them away. Trials are going to come. And the little Greek word translated "face" is a really interesting word. It carries the idea of being taken by surprise. In fact, it's used in the context of being robbed in other Greek literature. So he says whenever you are surprised by trials, whenever you are surprised by trials, whenever you wake up one day and, oh no, you get that call. Oh no, you get that information. Your son or your daughter calls, or perhaps the doctor calls. Oh no, you're faced--you're surprised by trial. He says, "Whenever you face trials of many kinds," here's what we're to do. And again, remember, this isn't me talking. This is James. He says, "Whenever you're faced with many kinds of trials, consider it," that is, adjust your perspective, adjust your >>> WE ARE COVERING WORKING NEWS AT THIS HOUR. THAT BREAKING NEWS IS COMING FROM RAEVILLE. LET'S GO TO OUR REPORTER AT A WALMART. WHAT IS GOING ON OUT THERE RIGHT NOW? >> Reporter: LOOTERS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE WALMART HERE. THE CROWD HAS BEGUN TO DISPERSE. IT'S NOT AS WILD AS IT WAS A FEW MINUTES AGO. WE HEARD POLICE OFFICERS GO BY WITH THEIR SIRENS AND LIGHTS FLASHING. BUT THIS IS THE WALMART IN FAYETTEVILLE. THERE STILL PEOPLE, YOU MIGHT BE UP TO SEE IN OUR VIDEO CARD RUNNING TOWARD THE FRONT DOOR. YOU SEE THEM RUNNING INSIDE NOW GOING INTO THE STORE AND STEALING MERCHANDISE. WHEN I GOT HERE 15-20 MINUTES AGO, I SAW PEOPLE WALKING OUT WITH, RUNNING OUT WITH BIG- SCREEN TVS. THEY HAVE RANSACKED THE GARDEN CENTER. THEY HAVE THROWN A BUNCH OF ITEMS ONTO THE GROUND FROM THE LAWN AND GARDEN CENTER. THINGS ARE BROKEN OVER THERE AND PEOPLE ARE STILL GOING INSIDE THE STORE AND RUNNING OUT WITH MERCHANDISE. THIS IS THE WALMART ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF A MILE FROM THE CROSS CREEK MALL WHERE LOOTERS WENT INSIDE THE JCPENNEY AROUND 10:30 TONIGHT AND CAME OUT WITH ARMLOADS OF CLOTHES AND OTHER MERCHANDISE. NOW THEY HIT THE WALMART AND A LITTLE WHILE AGO JUST BEFORE WE CAME ON THE AIR, A BUNCH OF POLICE CRUISERS WENT BY ON THIS ROAD WITH THE SIRENS AND LIGHTS FLASHING. I'M NOT SURE WHERE THEY ARE GOING BUT THEY WERE NOT COMING HERE. ARE YOU STILL HEARING ME OKAY? >> YOU ARE LOUD AND CLEAR. WE CAN SEE YOU GREAT. >> MY ISP, THE COMMUNICATION IN MY EAR IS GOING IN AND OUTS I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE STILL WITH ME. WALMART IS THE SCENE OF LOOTING OVER THE LAST 30 MINUTES. MOST PEOPLE HAVE GONE. WE SEE SOME PEOPLE TEARING OUT THROUGH THE PARKING LOT. PEOPLE HAVE DONE WHEELIES BEHIND ME. WE MOVED OUT OF THE LANE OF THE TRAFFIC HERE BECAUSE IT CAN BE DANGEROUS WITH THESE PEOPLE COMING THROUGH WITH THEIR VEHICLES AND TEARING OUT THROUGH THE PARKING LOT, DRIVING FAST ON THEIR WAY OUT OF HERE. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY MIGHT HIT ANOTHER PLACE TONIGHT. I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THIS WILL GO ON TO THE NIGHT HERE IN DALEVILLE. WE ARE HOPING THAT THINGS ARE TAMPING DOWN BUT IT LOOKS LIKE IN THE LAST HALF HOUR THEY REVVED BACK UP AND HIT THIS WALMART AND LOTS OF STUFF WAS STOLEN FROM THE STORE HERE. >> BRIAN, JUST TO GIVE YOU ARE SOME PERSPECTIVE, THERE WAS A PROTEST THERE AT LEAST IS STARTED THEIR EARLIER IN THE DAY. A VERY PEACEFUL PROTEST. NOW WE HAVE THIS. >> IT ALL STARTED HERE, THIS AFTERNOON. A LITTLE BEFORE 3:00. A SMALL CROWD GATHERED AT THE CROSS CREEK MALL THEN THEY MADE THEIR WAY HERE AND THEY HAD A PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY HERE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARKING LOT ABOUT WHERE I AM STANDING. THEY MARCHED PEACEFULLY DOWN THIS ROAD TO THE MALL AND THEN CAME BACK HERE. THE PROTESTERS AT THAT TIME WERE CALLING FOR A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION. THEY DID NOT WANT THIS TO DEVOLVE INTO RIOTING, PROPERTY DAMAGE, VANDALISM THAT WE HAVE SEEN PLAYED OUT TONIGHT. THAT'S WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE AT THE WALMART WHERE A DEMONSTRATION BEGAN PEACEFULLY MANY HOURS AGO AND IS NOW A RIOT. IT IS NOW LOOTING. I POINTED OUT AT THE CROSS CREEK MALL FOR A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION UNFOLDED THIS AFTERNOON, THAT'S ALSO WHERE A BUNCH OF LOOTING HAPPENED A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO. IT WAS JUST THE SCENE OF CHAOS THERE WITH LOOTERS RUNNING IN AND CARRYING ARMLOADS OF STUFF. THAT'S WHAT WE SEE HERE AT WALMART TOO. I SAW THE LOOTERS COMING OUT WITH BIG BOXES OF FLATSCREEN TVS . >> LET'S TALK ABOUT THE OFFICERS THROUGHOUT THE EVENING FOR THE MOST PART THEY HAVE STAYED IN THE BACKGROUND CONSISTENTLY AND THEN THEY ENGAGED AT CERTAIN POINTS THROUGH THE NIGHT. I KNOW YOU SAY YOU HEARD SOME SIRENS EARLIER. ARE YOU SEEING ANY OFFICERS AROUND OR ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE? >> NO. NO I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY POLICE OFFICERS HERE ON THE PROPERTY. WHEN I SHOWED UP A HALF HOUR AGO I DID NOT SEE A POLICE PRESENCE. PARDON ME AS I AM WORKING ON MIGHT YOUR PEACE. YOUR VOICES GOING IN AND OUT A LITTLE BIT SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE I MAINTAIN COMMUNICATION WITH YOU. SO BEAR WITH ME. WHEN I GOT HERE I SAW NO POLICE ON THE SCENE, ON THE PROPERTY OF WALMART. THE RIOTERS GOING IN AND OUT OF THE STORE, RUNNING AS FAST AS THEY COULD, JUST RUSHING INTO THE FRONT DOOR AND RUNNING DOWN THE AISLES. IN FACT MICHAEL JORDAN, MY PARTNER HERE, MAYBE HE CAN ZOOM IN AND SHOW YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE WALMART. PEOPLE ARE STILL GOING IN AND OUT. I SEE PEOPLE WALKING AND RUNNING AROUND IN THE STORE. THEY HAVE FREE REIGN OF THE PLACE. THEY REALLY DO. THEY ARE GOING IN WITHOUT ANY HINDRANCE AT ALL. NO POLICE PRESENCE HERE. APPARENTLY THE POLICE ARE HOLDING BACK AT THE MOMENT AND YES, BEFORE WE WENT ON THE AIR, I SAW A BUNCH OF POLICE CRUISERS GO BY ON THIS ROAD WITH THEIR LIGHTS FLASHING AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY WERE GOING. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEIR DESTINATION WAS. BUT HE'LL AT THE MART THE LOOTERS ARE STILL ADDED. >> JUST TO GIVE US ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE, I REMEMBER SEEING IMAGES OF THE LOOTING AT THE MALL, CROSS CREEK. WHAT'S THE OFFICERS ARRIVED IT APPEARED THOSE WERE INSIDE TAKING ITEMS, THEY IMMEDIATELY LEFT. IS THAT CORRECT? >> YES, AT THE CROSS CREEK MALL WHEN THEY LEFT THEY WERE RUNNING OUT OF THERE. THEY WERE GETTING INTO THEIR CARS AND PEELING OUT OF THE PARKING LOT. SKIN, DRIVING FAST, DRIVING RECKLESSLY TO GET OUT OF THERE BEFORE POLICE ARRIVED. THEY WERE TRYING TO AVOID ARREST . I HAVE SEEN SOME OF THAT HERE AT THE WALMART AS WELL. THE LOOTERS WOULD GET OUT OF THEIR VEHICLES. WHEN THEY HEARD SIRENS IN THE DISTANCE THAT'S WHEN THEY WOULD PANIC AND HAD OUT AS QUICKLY AS THEY COULD. AS I MENTIONED WE SAW PEOPLE DRIVING FAST THROUGH THE PARKING LOT, SKIDDING BEHIND US, JUST BURNING THEIR TIRES, BURNING RUBBER TO GET OUT OF HERE. I GUESS THEY WOULD LEAVE BEFORE THE POLICE WOULD SHOW UP. AT THIS POINT NOT SEEING ANY OFFICERS SURROUNDING THE WALMART . AS WE DID AT CROSS CREEK MALL, WE SAW A HUGE PRESENCE OF FAYETTEVILLE POLICE DESCENT ON THE PROPERTY, FLASHING LIGHTS, LOUDSPEAKERS SAYING PEOPLE NEED TO GET OUT OF THE MALL AREA AND LEAVE THE PROPERTY. THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN THAT HERE IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES. >> BRIAN GIVING AS A PLAY-BY- PLAY OF WHAT IS TAKING PLACE OUT IN THE WALMART IN FAYETTEVILLE. LOOTERS ARE INSIDE. NO SIGNS OF POLICE AT THIS TIME. BRIAN KOLB WE WILL CONTINUE TO TRY TO GET MORE INFORMATION AND THE MOMENT YOU HEAR INFORMATION ON THE SCENE PLEASE LET US KNOW ESPECIALLY IF YOU SEE POLICE OFFICERS ARRIVED THERE. THANK YOU BRIAN. >>> LET'S TALK TO CASEY CUNNINGHAM IN RALEIGH. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING AND WHAT EXACTLY IS GOING ON? >> GOOD MORNING JULIAN. WE WERE IN THE AREA OF FAYETTEVILLE. THERE WERE STILL LOTS OF POLICE OFFICERS WALKING THE AREA OF CBS AND THE AREAS THAT HAD BEEN LOOTED EARLIER IN THE NIGHT. IT'S GOTTEN A LITTLE BIT CHAOTIC BETWEEN FAYETTEVILLE STREET AND THIS AREA AS PEOPLE ARE DRIVING AROUND ON TOP OF THEIR CARS. THERE ARE BIG CROWDS THAT. SEVERAL FIRES HAVE STARTED TOO. HE COULDN'T GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO SEE WHAT WAS ON FIRE EXACTLY BUT IT SOUNDED, IT APPEARS TO BE A CAR ON FIRE OR THE STREET ON FIRE AND SOME SPARKS AND SOME NOISE COMING FROM THE FIRE . IT'S STILL A BIT CHAOTIC SO WE ARE REMAINING IN OUR CAR RIGHT NOW. IN THE AREA WHERE THE FIRE HAD STARTED DID NOT APPEAR TO BE ANY POLICE OFFICERS. THEY ARE ALL LINED UP IN A SERIOUS RIOT GEAR OVER ON FAYETTEVILLE STREET. IT'S STILL CHAOTIC HERE. THERE ARE SMALLER CROWDS THAN WE SAW EARLIER IN THE NIGHT BUT THERE IS STILL A LOT GOING ON DOWN HERE. >> AND JUST IN PERSPECTIVE. AROUND 12:05 WHEN WE WRAPPED UP IN THE 12:00 OUR, IT APPEARED THAT MANY OF THE PROTESTERS WERE GONE. IN FACT, THERE WERE MORE OFFICERS IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH THAN LOOTERS AT THAT POINT IN TIME. RIGHT NOW IT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THE SAME. IT LOOKS LIKE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT SITUATION RIGHT NOW. YOU FEEL LIKE MORE CROWDS ARE COMING BACK DOWN TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA? >> I DON'T KNOW IF MORE CROWDS ARE COMING DOWNTOWN AT LEAST IT WASN'T EARLIER. IT DOES APPEAR THERE STILL PEOPLE STICKING BY. THE BUSINESSES DOWN HERE ARE JUST DESTROYED. THERE ARE BUSINESS OWNERS THAT ARE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THEIR BUILDING JUST TRYING TO PROTECT WHAT'S LEFT OF IT. IT DOES APPEAR THAT THINGS ARE STILL BEING DESTROYED DOWNTOWN INCLUDING THE SPIRES THAT ARE NOW STARTED. BUT CROWDS DEFINITELY STILL REMAIN IN THE AREA. THERE ARE PEOPLE CIRCLING THE BUILDING ON TOP OF THEIR CARS. THERE IS STILL A LOT OF ACTIVITY. >> LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE . I APPRECIATE YOU GIVING US ALL THE DETAILS. COULD YOU DESCRIBE A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE OFFICERS AND THEIR POSTURE? FOR MOST OF THE NIGHT WE HAVE SEEN OFFICERS TAKING A BACK ROAD APPROACH CARD NOT BEING VERY AGGRESSIVE BUT AS THINGS STARTED TO HE UP AND TEMPERATURES STARTED TO RISE THEY MADE SURE AND CERTAIN AREAS WERE PROTECTED. ARE THEY TRYING TO PROTECT SOME OF THESE BUSINESSES AS THESE BUSINESS OWNERS ARE OUT IN FRONT OF THEIR BUSINESSES RIGHT NOW? >> WE HAVE NOT SEEN IT. WE HAVE SEEN POLICE OFFICERS LINED UP IN THEIR RIGHT GEAR INTO PLACES. THAT IS RIGHT BY THE CVS WHICH I'VE BEEN TOLD WAS LOOTED EARLIER IN THE EVENING. THEY ARE LINED UP IN A STRAIGHT LINE, A COUPLE DOZEN OFFICERS AND STANDING GUARD. THEY ARE OUTSIDE, I BELIEVE THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. SO THEY ARE LINED UP OUT THERE AND THEY ARE NOT IN THE AREA WHERE THE BUSINESSES ARE STILL BEING DESTROYED AND WHERE THE GROUPS OF PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY. THEY ARE STILL BLOCKING THAT AREA AT FAYETTEVILLE STREET WHICH IS REALLY JUST DESTROYED AND RIGHT BY THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. THERE IS NOT ANY KIND OF, THERE DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE ANY MOVEMENT OR ACTION WITH THE OFFICERS RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE NOT PROGRESSING TOWARDS THE GROUPS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE DOWNTOWN. THERE IS NO RESPONSE TO THE FIRE AT THE MOMENT, THE LARGER FIRE. A QUICK VIDEO OF THAT, ON MY SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE, I WILL BRING YOU THAT AS SOON AS WE CAN. BUT THEY ARE NOT RESPONDING TO PARTICULAR GROUPS CAUSING CHAOS. >> WE HAVE BEEN SHOWING THAT VIDEO OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE. WHAT A DIFFERENCE SEVERAL HOURS HAS MADE. AROUND ABOUT 4:30 EARLIER YESTERDAY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ON SATURDAY IN THE AFTERNOON AT 4:30, THERE WERE ABOUT 1000 PEOPLE CALL PROTESTERS DOWN THERE. A VERY PEACEFUL PROTEST. A LOT OF DIVERSITY IN THE CROWD, SPEAKERS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. PARENT EVEN BROUGHT THEIR CHILDREN DOWN. NOW WE ARE SEEING FAYETTEVILLE STREET JUST, I DON'T WANT TO SAY UTTERLY DESTROYED BECAUSE THAT WOULD NOT BE PUTTING IT IN ITS PROPER CONTEXT. BUT IT JUST LOOKED RANSACKED. BUSINESSES, GLASS FALLING ON THE GROUND. BUSINESS OWNERS ARE TRYING TO SAVE WHAT THEY CAN. >> WE TRY TO COUNT AS WELL BUT AS YOU MOVE DOWN FAYETTEVILLE STREET CLOSE TO THE CAPITAL YOU LOSE COUNT. WE CAN ARE PROBABLY 20 BUSINESSES WITH EITHER GLASS THROUGH THE WINDOWS OR COVERED IN GRAFFITI. I WILL TELL YOU CALL THE NEW DOWN HERE IS PRETTY TENSE. THERE IS A PARTICULAR AREA SURROUNDED BY CARS WITH THE STREET BEING BLOCKED OFF. WE TRY TO TURN INTO ONE OF THE AREAS TO GET AWAY FROM THE CROWDS AND WERE NOT. RELATED TO DO SO BY SEVERAL CARS IN THE AREA. THERE STILL SEEMS TO BE SOME TENSION IN THE AIR, SOME ANGER AND THAT REMAINS DOWNTOWN. >> THOSE BUSINESS OWNERS THAT ARE DOWN THERE, WHAT IS THEIR POSTURE? ARE THE INSIDE OF THEIR BUSINESS? ARE THEY STANDING OUTSIDE IN FRONT OF THEIR BUSINESSES? WHAT IS THEIR POSTURE? >> SOMEWHERE INSIDE THE GLASS DOOR OF THEIR BUILDING WITH THE GAS MASK ON OR A REGULAR CLOTH MASK. OTHERS HAVE GATES AND ARE SITTING IN A CHAIR OUTSIDE WITH THEIR ARMS FOLDED AND CROSSED, REALLY JUST TRYING TO, BUT IT APPEARS TO PROTECT THEIR BUSINESS, TAKE A STAND AND SAY NOT HERE. NOT HERE AT MY IS THIS. THEY DON'T APPEAR TO BE FEARFUL BUT AT A COUPLE BUSINESSES THERE ARE A COUPLE OF FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS, IT LOOKS LIKE THERE ARE FAMILIES INSIDE CLEANING UP WHILE ONE PERSON STANDS GUARD. THEY'RE TRYING TO PROTECT THE GOODS THAT ARE STILL INSIDE AND THE OTHER PEOPLE ARE CLEANING UP. SO EVEN HOURS AFTER THIS HAS HAPPENED THEY'RE TRYING TO GET THINGS BACK TO NORMAL. >> ONE OTHER THING I WANT TO ASK YOU BEFORE WE LET YOU GO. WHEN YOU ARE WATCHING THE OFFICERS THAT ARE POSITIONED OUT THERE, DOESN'T APPEAR AT ANY POINT THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE ANOTHER MOVE TO POSSIBLY GET CLOSER TO WHERE SOME OF THESE BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN IMPACTED? >> NO. IT DOESN'T. THAT'S A LITTLE BIT OF THE PUZZLING PART RIGHT NOW IS THAT CHAOS IS STILL UNFOLDING. BUT AT THIS POINT THEY WERE IN THEIR STANCE TRYING TO PROTECT THE BUSINESSES THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN LOOTED. SO IT DOESN'T APPEAR THEY WERE TRYING TO CONTROL ANY OF TRAFFIC THAT WAS CIRCLING AROUND THE BLOCK OR BLOCKING PEOPLE IN AND AGAIN CAUSING SOME CHAOS. THERE WAS NO RESPONSE TO THE FIRE AND THERE ARE NO FIRE TRUCKS HEADED DOWNTOWN EITHER. WE WILL GO BACK AROUND SHORTLY AND FINGERS CROSSED THAT THINGS HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE BIT MORE SAFE DOWN THERE. WE WILL BRING YOU AN UPDATE AS SOON AS WE FIGURE OUT WHAT EXACTLY IS GOING ON. AT THIS POINT THERE IS NO PROGRESSION. >> CASEY CUNNINGHAM, LIFE IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH. WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW-UP WITH YOU. THESE STAY SAFE OUT THERE. >>> LET'S TALK ABOUT GOVERNOR ROY COOPER. HE SENT OUT THIS TWEET ABOUT 54 MINUTES AGO. IT SAYS, I AM IN CONTINUING CONTACT WITH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT LEADERS ABOUT VIOLENCE OCCURRING IN SOME OF OUR CITIES. FRUSTRATING THAT PLANT CAR PEACEFUL PROTESTS ABOUT REAL SYSTEMIC RACISM ARE MARRED. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THOSE SEEKING JUSTICE PEACEFULLY. THAT CAME FROM GOVERNOR ROY COOPER ABOUT 54 MINUTES AGO. THAT IS A STATEMENT THAT HE HAS RELEASED SO FAR. THAT APPEARS TO BE THE STATEMENT WE ARE HEARING ALL OVER FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE, EVEN SOME PROTESTERS WHO WERE DOWN THERE EARLIER TODAY. THEY SAID THIS IS NOT WHAT THEY WANTED. THEY WANTED TO GET THEIR MESSAGE OUT. THEY WANTED TO HAVE UNITY. THEY WANTED TO BE HEARD. THEY WANTED TO SHOW THAT THERE WAS A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT FELT THE SAME WAY. IN FACT THERE WAS ONE ORGANIZER THAT MADE IT CLEAR THAT LOOTING WAS NOT THE INTENDED TARGET AND IT WOULD NOT BE TOLERATED AND THEN WE SEE THIS HAPPEN. AND FOR STARTED AT A CVS IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH. WE WATCHED AS A MAN STOOD RIGHT UP IN THE BUSINESS THERE AND TRY TO SHOO AWAY LOSE THAT TRY TO GO INSIDE. NOW WE ARE SEEING THIS ON FAYETTEVILLE STREET. MORE BUSINESSES IMPACTED. WILL CONTINUE TO STAY HERE. WE HAVE CREWS ALL OVER THE TRIANGLE. FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION TO IN RIGHT never choose. Now, here's the thing. These current events that we're all experiencing, they're impacting all of us differently, but they present all of us with the same opportunity. They present us with the opportunity to allow perseverance to finish its work so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. So with that in mind, I want