RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane delivered the State of the City address Monday afternoon.
The address was part of the Raleigh Rotary Club meeting that began at noon. McFarlane spoke for about 10 minutes.
McFarlane spoke on topics ranging from the process of working on Dorothea Park to the need for a strong transit system to the March 1 police shooting where 24-year-old Akiel Denkins was killed after a confrontation with Senior Officer D.C. Twiddy.
The mayor mentioned how Raleigh was just named the fourth-best city to live in by U.S. News and World Report and talked about all the change Raleigh has seen in recent years.
Much of McFarlane’s speech focused on the officer-involved shooting and how the community and the city responded.
McFarlane said that she was proud how the community responded and how faith-based organizations in the city stepped up to help ensure peace and calm prevailed. McFarlane credited them with helping to prevent rioting or looting from occurring and said that Southeast Raleigh “showed us who they are.”
The mayor also spoke highly of Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown’s work and her dedication to building strong bonds with the community and engaging in open conversations with residents. McFarlane said Deck-Brown has “worked tirelessly to build those bonds of trust between her officers and the community they protect.”
McFarlane said she doesn’t have a timeline on the SBI investigation or Denkin’s autopsy. She said that there’s always something that can be learned from any tragedy and didn’t announce any immediate changes to city policy on handling police involved shootings.
McFarlane ended her speech by saying that “When we say Raleigh is the best place to live, work, learn and play, we mean for everyone.”