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'Occupy Raleigh' protesters arrested at Crabtree Valley Mall

Posted November 25, 2011

— Six members of the local anti-Wall Street "Occupy" movement were arrested Friday afternoon after staging a protest at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.

Raleigh Police Department Spokesman Jim Sughrue said officers assisted the mall's police unit in transport the protesters for processing at the Wake County jail.

The six – Jennifer Schradie, Paul Ehrlich, Derek Cronmiller, Emily Galvin, Charles Hancock and Patrick O'Neil – face charges of disorderly conduct and second-degree trespassing.

Sughrue said that Crabtree officials told the Occupy Raleigh group that it couldn't demonstrate on mall property and that Raleigh police offered to watch over a protest on public sidewalks next to the mall.

Mall police arrested the protesters around 2:45 p.m. when the group began to demonstrate in the mall's food court, Sughrue said.

Crabtree Valley Mall marketing director Sandra Geist said in a statement that it's the mall's responsibility to keep customers safe.

"Families choose Crabtree Valley Mall to conduct their holiday shopping, and it's our goal to provide them with a safe and enjoyable shopping atmosphere during the holiday season," Geist said.


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  • Lamborghini Mercy Nov 28, 2011

    Its simple folks, if you don't enjoy Black Friday deals then stay at home. Protesting at Macy's, Belks, or Footlocker is not going to solve anything when those employee's make equal to or less than you. If the workers aren't complaining, why should you?

  • Lead by Example Nov 28, 2011

    Glad these people were arrested. If I take my family to that mall or any other I don't want to see a bunch of loud-mouth people standing around yelling at me and others.

  • consistentlife Nov 28, 2011

    First i can tell you that "the little girl" on O'Neill's shoulders is fine. Of course she was taken by another loving adult when the police illegally arrested her dad. When he was told to leave the stage, after speaking for a few minutes, he did so and in fact left the building. I fail to see how someone speaking loudly about their beliefs for a few moments disrupted the shoppers or the economy. The fact is that the US is run by corporations. Why do the CEOs of major corporations make so much money while those working in the stores, restaurants and hospitals have to apply for food stamps to feed their children and can't afford medical care or insurance WHILE WORKING FULL TIME JOBS? THAT is what is obscene and offensive and should be protested, not someone loudly professing his opinion in front of a large group of people.

  • Dixiecrat Nov 28, 2011

    In their mugshots, I expected to see them covered with thrown food. I must admit, I'm disappointed.

  • Nancy Nov 28, 2011

    Interestingly enough, they're professional activists, proud of their arrest records for the same.

  • Wendellcatlover Nov 28, 2011

    I forget - what's point of "occupy a shopping mall"?

    The point is that they aren't getting the media coverage they would like downtown, so they decided to go get it by showing up at the mall...ridiculous!

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Nov 28, 2011

    Maybe they can get a hot shower while they're enjoying 3 hots and a cot.

    more INSANITY. Why in the world would you think they would be in jail long enough to get 3 hot meals and a cot for these charges? LOL good lord please TURN OFF YOUR TV. You baggers are out there!

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Nov 28, 2011

    Perhaps they should be "occupying" a job?
    November 25, 2011 7:29 p.m.
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    You just said there were no jobs because of Obama and DEMS. Now its go get one of those jobs you said didnt exist. LOL does the insanity EVER stop?

  • fjones50 Nov 28, 2011

    I happened to be at the Food Court at Crabtree when this protest occured. I saw this as a peaceful protest, wasn't disturbed by their activity except for the child envolved. The man identified as O'Neil was caring a little girl on his shoulders while up on the platform shouting. Had a problem with this. She because of her young age should not have been part of this in my opinion. Where was she while this man was being arrested and booked? I think this was child endargerment. Peaceful protests can become dangerous. Did another adult care for this child? Please let me hear from someone who knows.

  • saturn5 Nov 25, 2011

    jgilchr: "From what I understand in hearing from those actually there the word "disturbance" is laughable. Apparently people were very supportive and joined in some chants after a simple speech was given. There was nothing that disrupted shopping at all. I am sure videos will surface on youtube."

    That doesn't matter. Crabtree Valley Mall is private property.
    There is no "right" to protest there.