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In Durham: Peaceful Protest For Police Brutality Victims

Additional reporting provided by the Associated Press

Peaceful protests in Durham mirrored actions taken across the country Thursday evening.

Multiple media outlets are reporting a peaceful gathering of people surrounded the Old Durham Courthouse as part of the National Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality.

On Saturday, Ferguson, Missouri police shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. The death of the unarmed, black teenager has excited racial tensions in the small town. The police force there is nearly all white, while the town itself is nearly 70-percent black.

Thursday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon brought in the state Highway Patrol, stripping authority away from local police, who had responded to looting, rock throwing and the tossing of Molotov cocktails with the use of tear gas and police dogs. It was reported Thursday that the name of the officer who shot Brown is scheduled to be released Friday.


20 Arrested At Moral Monday

RALEIGH — Nearly 20 people were arrested outside the doors of the state Senate chamber at the North Carolina General Assembly, two days after a judge struck down building rules regarding demonstrations.

Hundreds of protesters streamed into the second and third-floor rotunda of the Legislative Building Monday, taking full advantage of a ruling in Wake County Superior Court regarding rules enacted this year. The group celebrated the court decision with loud singing, chanting and shouting just before the Senate met.

The arrests during the weekly “Moral Monday” rally focused on collective bargaining and raising the minimum wage.

One protester who was arrested said she hopes state senators hear voices like hers who have to struggle to make ends meet as a single mom working at a fast-food restaurant.


NC Republican Chairman Criticizes Protest Tactics

RALEIGH – The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party says inflammatory rhetoric and symbolism by some protesters of GOP policies aren’t helping create a respectful political dialogue.

Claude Pope made the comments Tuesday, a day after marchers outside the Executive Mansion carried empty caskets to memorialize four girls killed in an Alabama church bombing 50 years ago this week. The Rev. William Barber of the state NAACP on Monday called on Gov. Pat McCrory to remember the blood that was shed to advance voting rights in the country.

Allies of Barber and Democrats have condemned an election overhaul bill approved by lawmakers and signed my McCrory as making it harder for many groups to vote.

Pope says it’s a stretch to connect the governor with a tragedy from 50 years ago.


‘Moral Monday’ Protest Held In Charlotte

Previous protest in Raleigh

CHARLOTTE – About 2,000 people gathered Monday night in a downtown Charlotte park to protest the actions of Republican lawmakers during the last legislative session.

Protesters held signs and listened to speakers who criticized the GOP agenda in North Carolina.

The protesters included Carl Caldwell, a retired teacher who says it had been years since he’d been to a protest. But he’s appalled that the GOP-led General Assembly has promoted an agenda that he says has “stripped the poor, elderly and working people of their basic rights.”

Charlotte was the most recent stop for the Moral Monday movement that has drawn thousands of people to weekly demonstrations in Raleigh, resulting in 930 arrests.

Also Monday, protests were held in the coastal community of Manteo, and in Burnsville in the western North Carolina mountains.


Gov. McCrory Talks Education In CH Thursday, Protest Planned

CHAPEL HILL – Governor Pat McCrory is coming to you to talk about his plans for education in North Carolina.

According to ProgressNC Action, Gov. McCrory will be giving a speech about education Thursday morning at the Sheraton at One Europa Drive in Chapel Hill.

Protesters are planning to gather beginning at 8:00 a.m. wearing red again in support of teachers and better funding for education, just as they did during this past Moral Monday.

Tune in to the WCHL morning news at 8:00 a.m. to hear live updates from the protest.


NAACP Protest At NC Legislature Ends In Arrests

RALEIGH – A protest of Republican policies at the North Carolina General Assembly has ended with the arrests of 17 people.

General Assembly police arrested members of the state chapter of the NAACP and other activists Monday outside the Senate chambers. The demonstrators called attention through prayer and song to what they called a regressive agenda.

Police Chief Jeff Weaver said the protestors will be charged.

The protest was directed at Republican action on health care, unemployment benefits, education and voting rights. The House passed a bill last week requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, which the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People views as a poll tax.

Chapter president the Rev. William Barber said more protests at the General Assembly are likely.