The Daily Beast reports:
On the final day of early voting in North Carolina, police in Alamance County pepper-sprayed a group of voters who were marching to the polls, leaving demonstrators injured and vomiting in the streets.
At least one journalist was arrested in the chaotic showdown on Saturday in Alamance County, a red county but one that may decide which party controls the state legislature next year.
About 250 people—most of them Black—were taking part in an event called “I Am Change Legacy March to the Polls” and on their penultimate stop before visiting a polling place in downtown Graham when cops intervened.
The Triad City Beat reports:
Just after several speakers, including Ian Baltutis, mayor of neighboring Burlington, had addressed the crowd, Alamance County sheriff’s deputies dressed in camo, gas masks and tactical gear stood in formation on the steps of the Historic Courthouse behind the stage. They ordered the protesters to disperse, and announced they would begin arresting people.
“I will stand my ground,” the Rev. Greg Drumwright said from atop the temporary stage, beneath the shadow of a Confederate monument.He told the deputies, “When you get involved, peaceful protests always turn into chaotic situations.”
Then, deputies grabbed Drumwright and at least four others and tackled them to the ground, while other officers advanced on protesters, legal observers and journalists, and forced them into the street.
Police use pepper-spray on protesters — including children — marching to polls in NC https://t.co/r5l7iRfLDU
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 31, 2020
Police using pepper spray at a voter rally in N.C., Trumpers trying to drive a Biden bus off the road and getting a shout out from the president, an effort to get a judge to throw 100k votes out in Texas…. Quite the close of the campaign here.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 1, 2020
Hey, North Carolina, maybe don’t pepper spray people marching to polls? pic.twitter.com/o64vWr1xVs
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) October 31, 2020
This is not a headline from 1965.
It’s from today, October 31, 2020. Wake up, everybody https://t.co/Qa3k31bVSC
— Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter (@Will_Bunch) October 31, 2020
Voters taking part in a march to the polls were pepper-sprayed in North Carolina on Saturday. One journalist was arrested and children were seen coughing and vomiting in the street. https://t.co/2IlxrTPMbI
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 31, 2020