UNC graduate student Maya Little is once again facing charges associated with protesting the Confederate monument on the Chapel Hill campus known as Silent Sam.
Little posted on social media Tuesday afternoon that she had been charged with two misdemeanors after a protest Monday night. Little wrote Tuesday that she was also “trespassed from a major area of the campus I work and study on.”
UNC officials confirmed that Little was charged with inciting a riot and assault on a law enforcement officer. She turned herself in to authorities at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
Little was charged with a misdemeanor count of defacing a public statue this spring after she poured a mixture of what she said was her own blood and red ink on the monument. Orange County Judge Samantha Cabe found Little guilty at a trial in mid-October but continued judgment in the case and waived all associated costs, meaning Little faced no further punishment.
Little has been a constant figure in the protests of the Confederate monument for more than a year. The statue was toppled by protesters in August and there were several subsequent rallies bringing groups with opposing views to the Chapel Hill campus.
The UNC Board of Trustees voted on Monday to submit a plan to the UNC System Board of Governors for the future of the monument. The university is proposing construction of a new facility that would house the monument and would allow for some teaching space and other exhibits. Anti-Silent Sam protesters reacted to that news with a large protest Monday night.
UNC officials confirmed that Mark Porlides, who is also listed as a UNC graduate student on an arrest report, was taken into custody Monday night and charged with assault of a law enforcement officer and resist, delay and obstruct.