‘We called 911. We got nothing:’ Downtown business owner blasts Raleigh response to weekend chaos

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Downtown business owner blasts Raleigh response to weekend chaos. (Photo: WTVD)

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — After hours of peaceful demonstrations against police brutality in Raleigh last Saturday and Sunday nights, Davie and Wilmington Streets became a hot zone for some of the more destructive behavior.

There was looting at Reliable Jewelry, small fires set at Manhattan Café, and when the owner of Clyde Cooper’s BBQ heard the Raleigh police chief’s comments Friday about a civic responsibility to call 911 when bad things are happening, she had some strong feelings.

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“You know you’ve got no protection with your city, for your city,” Debbie Holt said. In her unmistakable Southern accent, the Clyde Cooper’s proprietor is as angry as we’ve ever seen her. Where she’s from, the word ‘ill’ means ‘mad.’ And the chaos from over the weekend has Holt running a fever: “Oh, I’m ill as hell.”

Holt’s anger reached a new boil after Friday’s news conference with Raleigh’s mayor and police chief.

“We all own this,” said Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, who at one point chastised the media for documenting destruction and looting on video this week, while not doing enough to stop it or inform the police.

“It’s more than just a show that you follow the bad behavior to be out there to have a soundbite,” Deck-Brown said. “There’s a responsibility and accountability to tell the story, but to help prevent it also.”

Holt’s response to that was, “We called 911. We got nothing.”

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