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A protester carries the carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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There have been some colossal leadership failures at the local and state levels in cities and states across the country as the protests and riots in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic death have played out.

Among the worst of them has been Raleigh, North Carolina Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, who took part in a press conference Sunday in downtown Raleigh in response to the rioting, looting, and fires that have taken place in the city in response to Floyd’s death.

During the presser, Deck-Brown mentioned that a number of officers were injured during the protests and that the police force did not just sit back and let violence happen. A reporter mentioned to Deck-Brown about how some businesses felt like police did not do enough to control the situation and to protect their property. Deck-Brown was then asked how she could assure those business owners that they should feel safe. Here’s how she answered:

“When the greater risk is of injury to the officer, and I had five injured last night – a building? A window? A door? The property that was in it can easily be replaced. But for a person who has had officers shot. And more recently than not, I will not put an officer in harm’s way to protect the property inside of a building. Because insurance is most likely going to cover that as well but that officer’s safety is of the utmost importance,” Deck-Brown said.

Keep in mind that she said this just minutes after telling those in attendance that the violence and looting was not acceptable and would not be tolerated.

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What Deck-Brown is saying here is that businesses are on their own when it comes to looters and rioters, and that police resources will not be used to protect businesses from looting and destruction.

She might has well have put out a welcome mat for anarchists.

This a low point for leadership on so many levels in North Carolina, for reasons I explained here:

State Republican leaders including Senate Leader Phil Berger blasted Deck-Brown and Cooper’s failed leadership during this crisis:

Senate GOP staff attorney Brent Woodcox responded to a Raleigh city councilwoman’s message about lives and property accordingly:

By the way, though Deck-Brown will not assign police resources to protect businesses, she will assign them to protect – her home, as she did in March after an officer-involved shooting that happened in North Carolina’s capital city. Protesters marched to Deck-Brown’s home in response to the shooting and demanded answers.

Police resources for her protection, but not for your protection. Get the message, folks?

Related –>> Watch: North Carolina Police Arrest Man for Attempting to Reopen His Business, Others May Follow Suit

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