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NAACP president arrested at legislature

Posted May 24, 2011
Updated May 25, 2011

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— The state president of the NAACP was among a group of people arrested Tuesday afternoon during a protest at the General Assembly.

State Capitol Police escorted about a half-dozen people, including North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber, from the House gallery after shouts of protest erupted over the state budget.

The arrests came shortly before an NAACP-sponsored rally at the Legislative Building.

Barber has called the budget the House passed three weeks ago "a frontal assault on economic justice in North Carolina." He and other protesters said House Speaker Thom Tillis has ignored repeated requests for a sit-down meeting about the budget.

“Today’s disruption was one of the most disrespectful displays I have witnessed during my tenure in the House of Representatives," Tillis said in a statement. "It was a clear violation of the rules of the House, and those rules will continue to be enforced to ensure safety and dignity in the people’s House.”

Officers refused to allow state Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, or Rep. Larry Womble, D-Forsyth, to talk with the protesters before they were led away.

Barber and the others arrested were released from jail around midnight, according to a Wake County magistrate.

Barber sent an email to the media announcing that he and the others arrested would be holding a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh.

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  • randall0123a May 25, 2011

    Barber, you are the poster boy for what is wrong with this country. Stop WHINING for Robin Hood to steal from the rich, sorta-rich, almost-rich, not-so-rich, middle-rich and giving it to the poor. I worked night jobs while putting myself through school a long time ago. I eventually had a good life, but got laid off and couldn't find relevant work again. I was very POOR and struggling. I could have joined your bandwagon, holding my hands out and whining. Instead I worked a very hard labor job for 3 years while putting myself through night school to learn a new trade. I have a good job again, but continue to work and study to keep myself on top of the market. Now tell me Barber, what gives you the right or the people you seem to speak for, to take from what I have worked so hard for? Get off your soap box and work for what you want. Try being a contributing member of society. HOW DARE YOU call demands for handouts economic justice!!! Justice is letting people reap what they sew.

  • autismawareness May 25, 2011

    has this dude ever actually helped anyone? seems like he's all noise.

  • Iamcornholio May 25, 2011

    i bet that was a big police bill, because you know 1 bologne sandwich and koolaid isn't going to fill him up

  • miketroll3572 May 25, 2011

    I am 1st)of the human race and 2nd)African-American and do not support everything this chapter stands for but some of the arguments are valid.

    So, tell us which points you stand with billy on?

  • surfnturf27 May 25, 2011

    Hey Rock Guitar, I guess you support this guy huh.... You don't offer any solutions but are willing to get on here and point a finger. must be lib-dem!

  • wolfpacker1 May 25, 2011

    Blah blah blah!

  • batcave May 25, 2011

    define economic justice, and for the record n c state GA's are not required to sit and talk with fringe groups on how to spend money.

  • surfnturf27 May 25, 2011

    WHAT HAS THIS GUY DONE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE??? ISN'T HE THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE "ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE"??? HE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO HIS JOB AND QUIT WASTING THE TAXPAYERS MONEY!! WHEN ARE WE GOING TO START MAKING HIM PAY FOR HIS "FREE" RIDES TO JAIL???
    IT'S TO THE POINT OF BEING REDICULOUS!! DO WE HAVE ANY JUDGES OUT THERE THAT WILL FINALLY TELL HIM "NEXT TIME ...... YOU'LL BE HERE FOR AWHILE!!

  • kjackson47 May 25, 2011

    Its about time there was some good news on wral.com

  • SmarterThanAvgBear May 25, 2011

    It is money 101. When you run short on money, you have to cut back on spending. My kids did not like it when I cut pizza night from every Saturday to every third Saturday. No one likes cutting back on their favorite programs. At least my kids understood the reason and refrained from whining. They even proposed giving up breadsticks and sodas so we could go to every other week. They get it better than Barber.

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