RALEIGH, N.C. — New Year’s Eve night is already a night that has law enforcement out in full force. They’re usually on the lookout for drunk drivers or partygoers getting out of hand. This year, though, they’ll also be keeping an eye out for possible protests.
On social media, many in bigger cities across the U.S. have been posting about planned protests for New Year’s Eve. In our area at recent protests, we’ve heard rumbles of possible protests planned for New Year’s Eve here.
First Night Raleigh is one of the biggest New Year’s Eve events in our area with planners expecting more than 40,000 people to fill downtown Raleigh. Organizers say their security team is ready for anything just as they are every year.
For the past few months, we’ve seen protests erupt all over the Triangle in the name of Michael Brown and Eric Garner who were both killed during confrontations with police. Some protests have been peaceful, and others have ended in arrests. Examples of those include the protest at Southpoint in Durham and Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh. Protesters there pledged to disrupt the holiday shopping season, but now with the holiday shopping season nearly over, some have hinted New Year’s Eve as a next target date.