RALEIGH — Some activists involved in Raleigh Black Lives Matter protests said they believe a city curfew prioritized businesses and downtown property over the ability for their voices to be heard.
Protesters gathered in Raleigh on Aug. 28 and 29 to protest in response to the death of Keith Collins and the shooting of Jacob Blake.
In January, Raleigh officer W.B. Tapscott stopped Collins after someone reported seeing an individual with a large, black handgun outside a Big Lots store.
Collins, who matched the description from the report, was walking away from the complex that contains Big Lots when he began fleeing from Tapscott's initial approach.
At one point during the pursuit, Collins pivoted toward Tapscott with what investigators discovered to be a Daisy air pistol in his hand. Tapscott fired 11 rounds: four that hit Collins after he turned toward the police officer; three that were fired while Collins was attempting to sit up; then four more, which were fired while Collins was still moving on the ground.
According to the autopsy, Collins suffered from six gunshot wounds.
The district attorney's decision came less than a week after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Protesters said they were upset after Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin enacted a citywide curfew Aug. 28, the same day the Wake County district attorney released the decision that the officer involved in the shooting of Keith Collins would not face criminal charges.
Baldwin said during a press conference that the decision to impose a curfew was made before the announcement that Tapscott would not be charged, and that her team was unaware of the ruling when discussing a curfew.