Governor Cooper says National Guard is available to assist cities during violence

Governor Roy Cooper comments on recent violent incidents

RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper reacted Sunday to protests that led to violence in several cities across the state, including Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville and Greensboro.

“Unfortunately, today the headlines are not about those protestors and their calls for serious, meaningful change. They are more about riots, and tear gas, and broken windows, and stolen property. I fear the cry of the people is being drowned out by the noise of riots,” Governor Cooper said Sunday. “Let me be clear about one thing: People are more important than property. Black Lives do Matter.”

Communities across the country have been the site of protests since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while being arrested by police. Cooper says state resources, including the National Guard, have been directed to help cities as needed.

North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest released a statement Sunday afternoon in regards to the violence.

“Committing injustice to protest injustice serves no purpose, can bring no peace, start no meaningful dialogue, and drives a wedge between a society that so desperately needs to unite. Our state does not support police brutality or support rioting, looting and burning of property of those who had nothing to do with that brutality. Swift justice is needed in the George Floyd case. Immediate enforcement is needed to stop the destruction we are seeing here at home. Both are wrong,” Lt. Governor Forest said in an emailed statement.

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