Wake County closes buildings early because of ‘public safety concerns,’ officials say

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — All Wake County government offices will be closing early Friday afternoon out of “public safety concerns,” officials said.

The county buildings closed at 4 p.m. instead of at their regular times, according to Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eric Curry.

Curry said that the sheriff’s office was asked to make sure the buildings were closed at early. He said the sheriff’s office was not given a specific reason for the closing.

Raleigh officials said that they were not closing buildings early Friday and that they were not aware of any planned protests.

Wake County government officials said the closings were because of possible demonstrations related to the death of a man in police custody in Minneapolis Monday evening.

Here is a statement from Wake County officials about the closings:

“Earlier today, Wake County was made aware of the potential for downtown demonstrations tonight, related to the recent events in Minneapolis. As a result, the county made the decision to proactively close our downtown facilities early this afternoon. This includes the Wake County Justice Center, the Wake County Office Building, the Public Safety Center and the Courthouse. All are scheduled to close at 4 p.m.”

Raleigh police did not respond to CBS 17 requests about possible threats or possible demonstrations in Raleigh.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown released a statement about the death in Minneapolis.

The incident occurring this week in Minneapolis is very disheartening and a concern to the law enforcement profession as a whole. While the vast majority of law enforcement officers serve with the highest degree of fairness, compassion and integrity, the actions of a few officers can create a ripple effect that has the potential to negatively impact us all.

Officers are expected to uphold the professional standards that require adhering to proper training, protocols and procedures, not only here in Raleigh, but across the country. To act in any way that is contrary to upholding professional standards is unacceptable behavior that cannot and should not be rationalized, excused or overlooked.

We call on law enforcement professionals everywhere to hold every human life of equal value; to demonstrate compassion; to strive to be instruments of positive change; to be deliberate in building better communities for all; and to be unrelenting in the important work of fostering trust and transparency.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown

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