We note at the outset that plaintiffs have abandoned their challenge to that portion of the trial court’s order allowing defendants’ Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims for punitive damages against the City of Asheville and J.R. Smith in his official capacity. We further note that plaintiffs, beyond a bare restatement of their assignment of error, did not present argument in the brief in support of their challenge to the trial court’s dismissal of their claim for injunctive relief against the Mayor and City Council of Asheville. This challenge is therefore deemed to be waived. N.C. R. App. P., Rule 28.
Two principal issues remain to be determined, namely, whether the trial court erred in allowing defendants’ Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims for compensatory damages against defendant J.R. Smith, in his official capacity, based on allegations of negligence and whether the trial court erred in allowing defendants’ Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims for compensatory damages aguinst the City of Asheville, his employer.
A motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure presents the question, “whether, as a matter of law, the allegations of the complaint, treated as true, are sufficient to state a claim upon which relief may be granted under some legal theory, whether properly labeled or not.” Harris v. NCNB, 85 N.C. App. 669, 355 S.E.2d 838 (1987). In resolving this question, the complaint must be liberally construed, and the court should not dismiss the complaint “unless it appears beyond doubt that [the] plaintiff could prove no set of facts in support of his claim which would entitle him to relief.” Dixon v. Stuart, 85 N.C. App. 338, 354 S.E.2d 757 (1987). With these standards in mind, we proceed to an examination of plaintiffs’ claims against each defendant.
Plaintiffs’ Claim Against J.R. Smith
 Plaintiffs’ prayer for relief in the form of compensatory damages against inspector Smith, in his official capacity, is grounded on the allegations contained in that portion of the complaint denominated *78as the sixth cause of action. There, plaintiffs allege that inspector Smith was negligent under the standards set forth at N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 160A-411, et seq., and N.C. Building Code § 105 in that he improperly issued a building permit to Overlook Development (which held no general contractor’s license), failed to observe code violations in the construction of plaintiffs’ unit, or alternatively, having observed such violations, failed to take appropriate remedial measures, including notifying plaintiffs and revoking the building permit. Plaintiffs contend that these allegations are sufficient to withstand defendants’ 12(b)(6) motion. We disagree.
It is fundamental that actionable negligence is predicated on the existence of a legal duty owed by the defendant to the plaintiff. Martin v. Mondie, 94 N.C. App. 750, 381 S.E.2d 481 (1989) (and cases cited therein). In affording protection to the public pursuant to its statutory police powers, a municipality “ordinarily acts for the benefit of the public at large and not for a specific individual.” Id. (quoting Coleman v. Cooper, 89 N.C. App. 188, 366 S.E.2d 2, disc. rev. denied, 322 N.C. 834, 371 S.E.2d 275 (1988)). Because the duty in such circumstances flows from the municipality to the public at large, no liability attaches to a municipality for its failure to carry out its statutory duty toward a specific individual. Id.
In the present case, it is undeniable that the referenced statutes and code provisions impose a duty on the part of the City of Asheville and its building inspectors to properly carry out the enumerated enforcement powers. It is equally undeniable, however, that such powers fall within the City’s statutory police powers, and consequently, the duty owed in this case is not to the plaintiffs, individually, but to the general public. There being no duty owed to plaintiffs, their allegations charging inspector Smith with negligence clearly do not state a claim upon which relief can be granted. The trial court therefore did not err in allowing defendants’ 12(b)(6) motion with respect to this theory of recovery.
Plaintiffs’ Claims Against the City of Asheville
 Plaintiffs also seek recovery of compensatory damages against the City based on the allegations in the sixth cause of action of their complaint. Two discernible theories of recovery are alleged. First, plaintiffs allege that the City, as inspector Smith’s employer, is liable for Smith’s negligence. Second, plaintiffs allege that the City is liable in that inspector Smith corruptly permitted serious violations of the building code, corruptly omitted to take remedial *79action, and wrongfully concealed his corrupt acts and omissions.1 Plaintiffs further allege that defendant City was insured for its potential liability on plaintiffs’ claims and therefore waived its immunity to the extent of such insurance.
In those circumstances where a duty is owed, a city is nevertheless generally immune under the common law from civil liability in tort; but it may waive such immunity by purchasing liability insurance, and this waiver is effective “to the extent that the city is indemnified by the insurance contract[.]” N.C. Gen. Stat. § 160A-485(a). Where such a waiver has been effected, a city may be held liable for acts of a city building inspector that are corrupt, malicious, or outside the scope of his duties. Wiggins v. City of Monroe, 73 N.C. App. 44, 326 S.E.2d 39 (1985) (and cases cited therein). A waiver of governmental immunity, however, does not give rise to a cause of action where none previously existed. Coleman v. Cooper, 89 N.C. App. 188, 366 S.E.2d 2, disc. rev. denied, 322 N.C. 834, 371 S.E.2d 275 (1988).
Plaintiffs did not allege the specific provisions of the City’s liability insurance policy; consequently, we cannot determine whether the policy, in fact, indemnifies the City for the torts alleged to have been committed by inspector Smith in the claims against him which were not dismissed. This omission, however, is not fatal at this stage of the proceedings. For purposes of reviewing the sufficiency of plaintiffs’ complaint under Rule 12(b)(6), we must take as true their allegations that the policy is in force and indemnifies the City under these circumstances. These allegations are therefore sufficient to establish the City’s waiver of immunity within the limited context of Rule 12(b)(6).
Such a waiver clearly does not entitle plaintiffs to proceed against the City by predicating recovery on those claims against defendant Smith that were properly dismissed. Therefore, the trial court did not err in allowing defendants’ 12(b)(6) motion with respect to plaintiffs’ claim against the City predicated on inspector Smith’s negligence.
*80However, plaintiffs’ allegations of the City’s waiver of immunity, coupled with their allegations of inspector Smith’s willful and wanton conduct in the surviving claims against him, clearly state a cognizable claim against the City under Wiggins. We therefore conclude that the trial court erred in dismissing plaintiffs’ complaint against the City with respect to this theory of recovery.
In summary, we reverse the trial court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ claim for compensatory damages against the City of Asheville predicated on allegations of inspector Smith’s willful and wanton conduct. In all other respects, the trial court’s order is affirmed.
Affirmed in part, reversed in part.
Judges COZORT and LEWIS concur.-