Fayetteville N.C. – Despite numerous attempts to burn down the Fayetteville Market House it remains standing today as a symbol of utter defeat for the George Floyd Black Lives Matter activists and rioters.
The appellation of “peaceful protester” was very short lived as the crowd soon resorted to damage, destruction and arson. In the end the only “change” these thuggish bad actors actually intended was changing the possession of property from the hands of the rightful owners to their own larcenous hands. It was never about George Floyd’s death.
It wasn’t just the rioters who made a consummately bad showing in the eyes of Fayetteville’s citizens either. Chief Gina Hawkins and her command staff failed miserably displaying meager and ineffective attempts to protect the city.
There was no sign of Sheriff Ennis W. Wright and any of his deputies either even though their offices were just down the street from the Market House and the Cross Creek Mall is definitely within their county jurisdiction.
Even though the Fayetteville Police Department had received numerous warnings throughout Saturday morning that there would be attempts to burn down the Market House, damage to property and looting Saturday evening the Fayetteville Police were strangely unprepared to deal with the threat. The Market House and surrounding properties were left unguarded. Initially not even one law enforcement officer, city or county, appeared to be present in the area.
The most common phrase by far shouted throughout the evening didn’t have anything to do with George Floyd or Black Lives Matter. It was;
“Where’s the police?!”
Several business owners within the Market Square area along Hay St., Green St., Gillespie St., and Person St. are completely disgusted with the response of Chief Gina Hawkins and Sheriff Ennis W. Wright and their apparent inability to provide property security and security for the Fayetteville Fire Department. This was even though they had advance warning of the threats that they would face Saturday evening. Responses to fires and property damage that should have taken only minutes took hours to achieve by Chief Gina Hawkins and her command staff.
Many officers on the department have expressed their disgust and anger at the way they were restricted from performing in accordance with their oaths of office which reads;
“I, [Name] do solemnly swear that I will support and maintain the Constitution and laws of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of [State] not inconsistent therewith, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of my office as Law Enforcement Officer, so help me God.”
Chief Gina Hawkins and her command staff also took this oath of office and their subordinates wonder why they failed to properly lead them in accordance with this oath. Numerous officers of the Fayetteville Police Department expressed that they have lost confidence in, and respect for, Chief Gina Hawkins and her command staff. This kind of loss of confidence in leadership by the officers of this department is very dangerous and untenable. And a “The beatings will continue until the morale improves” attitude by Chief Gina Hawkins and her command staff is certainly the opposite of what needs to happen to improve conditions at the Fayetteville Police Department.
These officers have also contacted TPTN and asked us to tell the citizens of this community that if the citizens give them the proper leadership either through voting in a new mayor who’s not a criminal, or by taking the city council to task and demanding a new police chief, they stand ready to provide the type of effective and fair policing the citizens expect and deserve. They made it clear that this almost certainly means a change of Mayor and Chief of Police in light of their recent ineffectiveness.
One interestingly bright spot of the evening was the karma-esque instant retribution to an arsonist who tried to set the Market House on fire. In what can only be described as a comedy of errors a rioting arsonist was deservedly severely burned as if the hand of George Floyd himself reached up to slap the fire onto the head of the criminal arsonist in an admonishment to not disrespect his death in such a manner.
Several in the Fayetteville community have questions that they want answers for, such as;
- Why didn’t Chief Gina Hawkins have an expensive historical property of the city, the Market House, properly secured and defended especially since she had been apprised of the danger to it?
- Why did the Police and Fire Departments take hours to respond to calls for service regarding property damage, felony larcenies and arson Saturday night?
- Did convicted criminal Mitch Colvin issue orders to Chief Gina Hawkins that were contrary to all law enforcement officers oath of office to facilitate crime in the city of Fayetteville?
- Did Chief Gina Hawkins issue orders that were contrary to all law enforcement officers oath of office that facilitated crime in the city of Fayetteville? If so, why?
- Why was a police captain heard on police radio communications Saturday night ordering police officers to leave the Cross Creek Mall parking lot to a parking lot across the street immediately and not confront looters who were actively looting a J.C. Penny store at the time?
- Why were the police officers later ordered further away down the street by the same captain to the Lowes parking lot on Skibo Rd. while the looting of J.C. Penny was still taking place?
- Since the City of Fayetteville Police and Fire departments failed to provide even the most basic services of crime and fire prevention to its citizens, is the City of Fayetteville going to pay for all the damages that it could have prevented had their police officers been allowed to exercise their oaths of office?
- Were these critical failures the result of some political agenda that had no business being entertained by the Mayor, City Council, Police or Fire Departments?
Make no mistake, the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of Chief Gina Hawkins, Sheriff Ennis Wright and Mayor Mitch Colvin. Not on the good law enforcement officers and fire fighters who work for them. It’s time for them to account for their actions.