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By the Numbers: RPD’s Protest Report

In Buzz, September 2020 by Jane PorterLeave a Comment

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The Raleigh Police Department spent more than a $1 million during nine days of protests in the city’s downtown, following the death of George Floyd that sparked demonstrations for racial justice and riots in some cities nationwide. An after-action report that Raleigh police chief Cassandra Deck-Brown presented to the city council last month itemized the cost, resources, arrests and damage to the city’s public and private property. The report also found that, while training using tear gas has occurred over the years, RPD has only deployed tear gas a few times, including this year. The other two events where officers deployed tear gas were during the riots of 1968 following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and during the 1974 NCAA basketball championship victory by NC State over UCLA.

51

Arrests

153

Burglaries reported

71

Instances of damage to property

6

Reports of arson

$1.46 million

Cost of RPD response

252

Tear gas deployments

40,622

Police hours

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