Raleigh, N.C. — Fourteen people arrested in May during an overnight sit-in at House Speaker Thom Tillis' office agreed to deals Friday that will dismiss the charges against them in exchange for community service.
The protesters refused to leave Tillis' office for nearly 11 hours on May 27, demanding to speak with him about issues such as expanding Medicaid, extending unemployment benefits and restoring a tax credit for the working poor. They were arrested in the early hours of May 28 on second-degree trespassing charges.
The sit-in occurred during the second weekly demonstration of the "Moral Monday" movement this year. Last year, more than 900 people were arrested during the weekly protests against legislation enacted by the Republican-led General Assembly.
The 14 people charged in the sit-in entered deferred prosecution agreements in which they promised to perform 25 hours of community service, pay court costs and stay out of trouble for the next six months, according to court records. In return, prosecutors will dismiss the charges on Jan. 14.