Since April 29, protesters have descended on the legislative building in downtown Raleigh almost weekly to voice their opposition to proposals from the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Arrests have become a regular part of these rallies as activists inside the building refuse to comply with orders from General Assembly police to disperse.
As of July 23, 924 people had been arrested at the General Assembly, prompting Wake County law enforcement and court officials to change their arrest procedures in an effort to cope with the processing volume. The weekly protests have drawn national attention and raised questions about whether the protesters represent the North Carolina electorate. Although the publicly available arrest records don’t show the entire pool of protesters, the sample provides a verifiable glimpse into the makeup of the crowd, which Republican leaders have several times derided as outsiders.
Using court records and North Carolina voter rolls, WRAL.com compiled a database of all the arrests to date. We used North Carolina census data to see how gender, age, race and party affiliation of those arrested compare and contrast to the state population as a whole. You can also search the database to see how many of the protesters are coming from out of state and what areas of North Carolina are represented. We have included street addresses (without house numbers) to eliminate confusion where people share a similar name or the same name.
Each week as the protests continue and individuals get their day in court, we will update the data and the graphics to continue to tell this story.
Data on this page is current as of July 23, 2013.
Arrests by county
Click the map below to see how many people from each county have been arrested.
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Party affiliation data was obtained by matching names, addresses and ages to corresponding fields in the State Board of Elections voter rolls using database software. The remaining names not matched with database software were manually entered using the State Board of Elections' voter lookup site to search for each arrestee's first name, last name and date of birth. Party affiliation was only entered manually if first name, last name and date of birth matched.