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11 Durham protesters arrested; marches held across US

Posted December 13, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014

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— Durham police arrested 11 protesters Saturday night after officers ordered the group to disperse.

The arrests happened around 9:45 p.m. on Swift Avenue near the Durham Freeway. The group joined thousands of other protesters across the U.S. to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.

Demonstrators nationwide chanted "I can't breathe!" ''Hands up, don't shoot!" and waved signs that read "Black lives matter!" as family members of three victims packed a stage in front of the U.S. Capitol, urging thousands of supportive marchers to keep pressing for changes to the criminal justice system.

The march in Washington on Saturday – attended by family members for Michael Brown and Eric Garner, who were killed by police in recent months, and Amadou Diallo, who was fatally shot by police more than 15 years ago – coincided with nationwide demonstrations that spanned from iconic Fifth Avenue in New York to the streets of San Francisco and the steps of the Boston Statehouse.

Most were peaceful protests, although about two dozen people were arrested in the Massachusetts capital for disorderly conduct.

Protesters also marched in Fayetteville on Saturday, but no was arrested. Organizers had originally planned the march as a die-in, but decided on a unity march down Skibo Road in effort to bring the community together.

"We actually had the police department supporting us, walking with us and that showed a lot of integrity," said Felicia Jordan.

Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock described the protest as peaceful.

"I think Fayetteville, North Carolina, today showed the rest of this country that demonstrators can be positive. Folks can get their message across, no matter what the message is," Medlock said.

Durham's protest did not end as peacefully. Those arrested included:

  • Monica Marie Ganguly, 32, of Durham
  • John Michael Harmon, 35, of Durham
  • James Murphy Hoopes, 27, of Falls Church, Virginia
  • Justine Marie Johnson, 40, of Durham
  • Steven James Lorenz, 40, of Durham
  • Daniel Renteria, 19, of Durham
  • James Finley Cooper Wilson, 20, of Durham
  • Douglas Walsh Anderson, 32, of Durham
  • Brian Paul Dingledine, 40, of Chapel Hill
  • Travis K. Duprey, 30, of Walton, New York
  • Robert Michael Foote, 27, of Apex

Earlier this month, 31 people were arrested in Durham after a round of protests against what demonstrators call over-aggressive police tactics.


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  • 678devilish Dec 15, 2014

    When will all of this mess stop. If we teach our young people to show respect for others, just maybe things like this would not happen. How can they hold marches? Don't these people have jobs?

  • disgusted2010 Dec 15, 2014

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    The article was about several groups. The ones in Fayetteville may not have engaged in violence or disruptive actions, BUT the main topic of the article was DURHAM, where they did engage in such conduct. You and I will never agree on anything so discretion being the better part of valor I will now stop wasting my time and let you have your way, as with most liberals you will continue to digress into emotional taunts and name calling.

  • jackaroe123 Dec 15, 2014

    If I were a black person in America and truly felt that I was less than equal and had less opportunity to succeed than others I would simply leave the USA...Simply? I believe you.

  • Setnitst8 Dec 15, 2014

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    Is Liberal a bad name? If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, etc.. I think that's why you are called a Liberal. Every thought you express and your thought process screams liberalism, even to your fellow liberals. Be proud of who you are, don't shy away from it.

  • jackaroe123 Dec 15, 2014

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    You've repeated things like "liberals like you" w/o accurately addressing anything I've said. I've declared certain comments disrespectful and called you on it when you attribute to me things I haven't said.

    No one was arrested in Fayetteville. That's the only example I have brought up.

  • Duff Dry Dec 15, 2014

    I have not had the chance to march, and probably won't, but thanks to all of you who have made the effort.

  • jackaroe123 Dec 15, 2014

    Uh, you do realize that when we click on that "View More..." thing, we can see what you wrote, don't you? Included in your words to me are such sweet little gems as "I don't expect a liberal to understand," and "typical liberal drivel." Yet I called you a name? Sure.

    As for my point, I've been pretty consistent in talking about the Fayetteville police's awesome decision to participate in a march. No one was arrested there. Protesters felt heard and supported and therefore didn't riot. It's a beautiful model for how police can repair damaged relationships in communities and avoid additional trouble.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 15, 2014

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    I have about as much respect for WRAL's ability to report real news as you ability to discuss an issue rationally without name calling or emotion.

  • Robin Dean Dec 15, 2014
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    If I were a black person in America and truly felt that I was less than equal and had less opportunity to succeed than others I would simply leave the USA and move to a country that does give equal opportunity to a black person. You are here by choice, and if you feel you are discriminated against you should go to where that does not exist. I do not believe there is any racism here except from those who perpetrate it like Al and Jesse and Holder and friends like Mr Barber.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 15, 2014

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    Just like a liberal, can't discuss without a personal attack. I was referencing the overall issue, not he specific one you harp on in the failed attempt to make your point