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Durham police find explosive device near area of protests

Posted December 6, 2014

— Durham police found an undetonated explosive device late Saturday morning in an area where about 20 protesters were arrested Friday evening.

Officers responded to a call about a suspicious device in the 600 block of Foster Street between West Geer Street and West Corporation Street.

They found an undetonated device – a bottle with a wick and a petroleum-based liquid inside of it.

The device was safely removed from the area, authorities said.

Hundreds of people marched in the area of Durham Friday night, and 31 were arrested, in another round of protests against what demonstrators call over-aggressive police tactics.

Crowds and cops converged outside the Durham Performing Arts Center at about 10 p.m., where one show was letting out and another was about to begin.

When police asked protestors to keep moving, a few refused, and they were were taken into custody, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said.

"I think the officers used a lot of restraint, and made arrests only when they had to," Lopez said.

Officials at the Durham County jail said the protesters were released early Saturday.

Nineteen of the Nineteen of the protesters were from Durham. Others arrested were from Chapel Hill, Apex, Raleigh, Hillsborough, Graham, Carrboro, Concord and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Charges included failure to disperse and impeding the flow of traffic.

Chelsea Amanda Flowers, 29, of Durham, was also charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing officers.

Those arrested included:

  • Austin Marie Bouton, 24, of Durham
  • Susan Catherine Edgerton, 32, of Durham
  • Adrienne Liege Harreveld, 21, of Durham
  • Tamika Monique Heard, 21, of Durham
  • Aaron Alexander Caldwell, 21, of Raleigh
  • Susan Anne Pietroluongo, 23, of Apex
  • Akeem Zarhar Cheek, 29, of Durham
  • Morgan Anne Brooks, 25, of Raleigh
  • Sara Taylor, 26, of Durham
  • Allison Charlotte Swaim, 26, of Durham
  • Kathleen Rebecca Yow, 28, of Hillsborough
  • Kellie Ann Grubbs, 28, of Graham
  • Alexandria Leigh Stewart, 22, of Durham
  • Masha Taskindoust, 21, of Durham
  • Dominique A. Beaudry, 21, of Concord
  • Gabrielle Karine Beaudry, 18, of Concord
  • Laurin Michelle Gioglio, 29, of Carrboro
  • Natalie Frances Smith, 33, of Durham
  • Kenneth M. Strickland, 29, of Durham
  • John Charles Thornton, 28, of Durham
  • Crystal Larence Eatmon, 19, of Durham
  • Rachel Anna Cotterman, 26, of Hillsborough
  • Danielle Katherine Nelson, 22, of Durham
  • Lauren Brooks Parker, 30, of Durham
  • Erin Bree Heuerman, 32, of Durham
  • Asha Renee Godfrey, 22, of Graham
  • McKenna Elizabeth Ganz, 21, of Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Abigail Victoria Harris, 25, of Chapel Hill
  • Lydriquez Blount, 26, of Durham
  • Charles William Soeder, 28, of Durham

Overall, the protest was peaceful, with officers on foot and bicycle tracking along as the march left CCB Plaza and headed along Mangum Street to the Durham Freeway. No one was hurt and there were no reports of significant property damage.

Two miles of the highway were closed for about 20 minutes as some people laid on the asphalt, some held hands to form a barrier across the traffic lanes, and others approached police cars with their hands in the air. Drivers were advised to use Interstates 40, 85 and U.S. Highway 15/501 to go around the area.

Deputy Durham Police Chief Larry Smith said his officers balanced the right of the public to demonstrate with the need to keep law and order for others.

But Lopez said his patience with protesters is wearing thin.

"It’s putting people in danger at this point and time," he said. "It’s not sending a message. If they need to speak, we’re here and we are ready."


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  • ianeyre Dec 8, 2014

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    Except I made my comment in the one five-minute break I had this morning, because I am busy being productive. I also can think and act on my own, which involves questioning things around you, which is what these protesters are doing. You are making foolish business decisions based on your politics. Feel free to, but you will also need to deal with the consequences.

  • MaxD Dec 8, 2014

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  • Will Sonnett Dec 8, 2014
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    I do ". . . understand where others are coming from. . ." but I also understand that when you choose to ignore facts in favor of beliefs because of politics or ignorance or whatever, you lose the ability to have your voice viewed as anything other than reactionary.

  • Bullcity34 Dec 8, 2014

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    You should practice what you preach. See the problem with your side is that the facts are there and your side doesn't care about truth, all you want is blood, which is sad and pathetic. Truth doesn't matter, all that matters is your agenda. That's the real problem

  • 68_dodge_polara Dec 8, 2014

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    Understanding the difference between right and wrong does make it difficult to see where they are coming from. Been to plenty of protests but never broke a law. Just as I've see some people who have the inability to hunt with out breaking every law in the books I stay away from people like that and I expect them to stay away from me.

  • LetsBeFair Dec 8, 2014

    why has this story survived in the news ... no one cares about their protest. the message everyone agrees with is, follow the rules and you wont get hassled.

  • jackaroe123 Dec 8, 2014

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    There's a pretty big difference between being arrested for drunk driving and being arrested for civil disobedience. There is integrity and principle behind the latter, even if you disagree w/ their reasoning.

  • jackaroe123 Dec 8, 2014

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    No, you're revealing your own lack of understanding. Everyone knows that resisting arrest can lead to getting hurt, and if it continues to escalate, that that could include death. That isn't what this is about. It's about people not believing that's really what happened. You can believe just as strongly that they are factually wrong, but where does it get us if you don't even understand where others are coming from?

  • Will Sonnett Dec 8, 2014
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    Not saying that these two men deserved to die only that they were involved in criminal activity and refused to submit to reasonable requests from the police. They contributed to or were directly responsible for their own deaths. The protesters seem to ignore facts in deference to inflammatory slogans.

  • Bullcity34 Dec 8, 2014

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    Wrong if that were the case how did they lie across the freeway? Saying they were Trapped is a complete lie made up by some liberal protester WITH their narrative. And I'm sure dpd isn't worried about the cocktail since it wasn't used. However, this object is hard to find if hidden but you know so much I'm sure. And those so called tactics you say are used by police for trapping people is also a lie, this is not taught in law enforcement. Nice try though