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'Occupy Raleigh' protesters vow to return after arrests

Posted October 16, 2011

— Supporters of the "Occupy Wall Street" protests promised to be back in downtown Raleigh Sunday, a day after 20 people were arrested after a demonstration at the State Capitol.

Organizers of the "Occupy Raleigh" protests said they would convene again at State Capitol grounds on Edenton Street at noon and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Even if we aren't back tomorrow morning, we will be back," law school student Jeanelle Alexander said Saturday.

The Occupy Raleigh protest drew hundreds early Saturday. The group doesn't have formal goals, but on Saturday, protesters expressed themes familiar with the movement: Corporations have too much power, and economic inequality affects the so-called "99 percent," or everyone but the 1 percent richest Americans.

Police said that more than 90 people remained at the rally around 7:30 p.m, more than four hours after their permits expired.

About 75 protesters moved to the sidewalk and continued their demonstration, police said, but 19 people stayed behind, locked arms and were arrested. A woman was also arrested two hours later for trying to enter the closed Capitol grounds.

Police said they charged 20 people with second-degree trespassing in connection with the protest:

  • occupy raleigh 19 arrested at 'Occupy' Raleigh Margaret Earls, 30, of 127 New Bern Place in Raleigh
  • Tariq Taylor, 21, of 490 Prospect Court in Pembroke
  • Benjamin Carroll, 33, of 100 Hill St. in Carboro
  • Wiliam Carroll, 27, of 1531 College View Ave. in Raleigh
  • Antonio Rahman, 38, of 624 Pine Ridge Place in Raleigh
  • Brian Haynes, 24, of 5412 Phillipsburg Drive in Raleigh
  • Joshua Harris, 29, of 102 Choptank Court, Cary
  • Philippe Chagnon, 66, of 729 Quail Ridge Road in Raleigh
  • Tricia Robertson, 38, of 233 Oakland Drive in Collinsville, Va.
  • Emily Galvin, 31, of 4720 Hoyle Drive in Raleigh
  • Katharine Fowler, 48, of 708 W. Hargett St. in Raleigh
  • Pamela Hawe, 60, of 1976 Wade Paschal Road in Siler City
  • Jessica Cronmiller, 34, of 4410 Cottage Stone Drive in Raleigh
  • Carissa Samara, 38, of 104 Chatham Lane in Raleigh
  • Christina Tademy, 36, of 717 Forest St. in Martinsville, Va
  • Jenna Strickland, of 24, 1115 Kent Road in Raleigh
  • Kurt Zehnder, 20, of 401 Cricketfield Lane in Cary
  • Anthony Raters, 29, of 3830 Jackson St. in Raleigh
  • Kenneth Thompson, 26, of 4713 J Capital Club Court in Raleigh
  • George Gulino, 28, of 104 Lakeview Drive in Youngsville

Demonstrators said the arrests were overkill.

"There's a lot more crime going on in the city of Raleigh, Durham and North Carolina that you have to worry about rather than people sitting around and exercising their rights," supporter Shawn Mitchell said. 

Like the movement in other cities, Occupy Raleigh wants to literally occupy ground, camping out through Nov. 5. State officials denied Occupy Raleigh that permit in part because the State Capitol Police don't have as many officers as before to provide extended security, Jill Lucas, a spokeswoman for the agency that oversees the police force, said Thursday.

The Legislature cut State Capitol Police funding this year by $2.3 million, leading to dozens of layoffs so that its officers largely work on weekdays.

"We are continuing to brainstorm alternative methods and options to obtain a permit and will continue to send a message to Raleigh that we intend to comply with laws should they choose to allow us to do so. However, we intend to begin our occupation," Angela Schulte, 36, of Cary, a member of the group, said Friday.

Last weekend, the Occupy Raleigh movement attracted about 200 people.

Similar groups have been developing in cities across North Carolina. "Occupy" meetings have been held in Wilmington, Winston-Salem and on college campuses. In Asheville, protesters have been camping at various downtown sites in hopes of finding a permanent spot to occupy, with 100 or more people attending nightly meetings at Pritchard Park.


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  • eviltwinbob Oct 21, 2011

    Lkeschoolemail....where did Raligh get the addresses to post. Was it from the arrest cards filled out at CCBI? Was it from your website? Or did WRAL hit the jackpot on mindreading and find it among the merk in your minds?

  • eviltwinbob Oct 21, 2011

    Occupy Raleigh. You just do not get it. You have the right to speak, all Americans do....You also have the right to be arrested when your permit allowing you access to the grounds between an approved time, and date is over and you refuse to go home and get a permit again. You have an education and you have lawyers with you...yet you push the time limit openly and then are surprized when the Raleigh and State Capital Police enforce the law.
    Are you that dense? Instead of an organization to be dealt with in a peaceful, debating fashion; you come off as radicals and extremists that should be arrested and ignored.
    If you wish for people to take you seriously and listen to your views, then follow the prescribed rules and get your point heard. Otherwise you will be looked upon as anarcists and flakes. The proof is in the pudding....you have acted no other way.

  • Mollers Oct 19, 2011

    How about 'occupying' a job ?

  • soyousay Oct 18, 2011

    Note when this was posted..SUnday...why has WRal left it up and why did they post the names and addresses of these people and not the one they routinely feature on the mug shots

  • soyousay Oct 17, 2011

    why did WRAL post the addreses of these and not the ones on the mugs shots they voyueristically display on their site?

  • SteelThis Oct 17, 2011

    When I drove by there were about 20 hipsters. Shouldn't they be drinking PBR somewhere?

  • soyousay Oct 17, 2011

    lkschoolemail..you are right and with the wingnuts here, those kids could have been put in harms way

  • soyousay Oct 17, 2011

    gunny..That's a major problem in americas book.

    what book is that, are you pencilling in liitle factoids on notebooks?

  • soyousay Oct 17, 2011

    pant.. Just a thought here

    not much of one at that is it...check you history a bit, and not from am radio

  • lkschoolemail Oct 17, 2011

    Not sure if my comment just didn't go through, but I am thoroughly disgusted that it was deemed ok to post the protesters home addresses. Names and ages are one thing, but this crosses a line and is a complete violation of privacy. I am very disturbed by this.