Protesters vandalize old Durham police building, hang banners from roof

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Protesters in Durham Saturday broke windows in the former Durham police headquarters and hung banners outside the building from the roof.

The incident was reported before 7:30 p.m. at the old headquarters building at 505 W. Chapel Hill Street.

The protesters broke in through the roof of the building where they then hung banners.

The banners read “Abolish” and “Reclaim.” 

Several windows were also smashed. The words “no cop zone” were spray-painted on the building. There was also damage inside, including spray-painted graffiti.

Several people appeared to be taken into custody.

A witness says he saw officers tackling people on the ground. The man said he used his bicycle to put distance between an officer and another person in an effort to de-escalate the situation.

“People were absolutely hurt — I saw blood. My reaction is just, like, sad. I am not gonna go home feeling good about this,” said Casey, a witness, who only provided his first name.

A man living next door heard the commotion and went outside to check it out.

“I never thought it would be like this here. I’ve never seen this many cop cars and then to hear that that happened here is very scary,” said Jorge Heuero, who lives next door.

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