Source: News & Observer

Governor Cooper delivered remarks at a press conference yesterday to address the protests happening across the state in the wake of George Floyd’s death. 

“I’m here today to talk about the call being sounded right now across our state and country to stamp out the persistent and ugly flames of racism. The unjust killing of George Floyd less than a week ago combined with many other recent and distant events broke open painful wounds,” Cooper said.

Cooper voiced his support for the message of the protestors and said that we still have far to go. “We’ve made some progress, but when you see George Floyd on the ground begging for air, you realize that we have much more work to do,” he said.

The governor also mentioned he had been in contact with Bridgette Floyd, George’s sister. George was born in Fayetteville and she still resides in Hoke County. 

“While I cannot bring her brother back, I can work for justice in his name. I assured her that’s what we would do,” Cooper said in the press conference.

Cooper also emphasized the need for protests to remain focused on their message and said that there was a clear divide between the peaceful messages during the daytime and the disruptive crowds that appeared at night.

“Across the state, we saw a pattern in some of our cities. Protests and demonstrations held earlier in the day remained focused, powerful and nonviolent. Then as the night set in, a different crowd shifted to a more aggressive, more disruptive display,” he said.

“I fear the cry of the people is being drowned out by the noise of riots,” Cooper said, suggesting the latter crowd is overtaking the important message the majority of protestors support. “Let me be clear about one thing: People are more important than property. Black Lives do Matter.”

Read the full story on Governor Cooper’s press conference from the News and Observer.