'Destruction is not the answer:' After Raleigh riots, those arrested express regret
Posted June 2, 2020 11:48 a.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2020 7:28 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The Wake County Justice Center re-opened for Tuesday, and on the first day of regular business post-pandemic, eight of those arrested for their roles in weekend protests were on the docket.
After court, those charged described a protest that started peacefully before it grew, spurred by crowd anger, into something they regret.
"Destruction is not the answer," Dijon Pulley said. He is charged with trespassing during an emergency for actions Sunday night.
"At the same time, being quiet is not effective. I feel like a lot of people are fed up," he said.
He was among several in court Tuesday on charges linked to looting and trespassing at Midtown shopping center and stores near Triangle Town Center.
Keante Underwood said, "I'm kind of ashamed of myself, because I knew better."
Given the chance, Underwood said he would "most definitely do it differently. Not the looting, the protesting most definitely, but the looting, I would have changed that up."
More than 30 people were arrested over three days, with charges ranging from trespassing and breaking and entering to resisting arrest to assault on a government employee and inciting a riot. The vast majority were Raleigh residents, although four listed home addresses outside North Carolina.
|ARREST DATE||NAME||CHARGES||HOMETOWN||ARREST LOCATION|
|5/31||LUIS PAYARES||INCITING RIOT||NEW YORK CITY||316 FAYETTEVILLE ST|
|5/31||JOHN VENABLE||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||WENDELL||TRIANGLE TOWN CENTER|
|5/31||KEANTE UNDERWOOD||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||GARNER||TRIANGLE TOWN CENTER|
|5/31||WALTER JONES||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||RALEIGH||1100 N RALEIGH BLVD|
|5/31||DIVINE PRINCE||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||RALEIGH||1100 N RALEIGH BLVD|
|5/31||FREDERICK MCDUFFEY||DISORDERLY CONDUCCT||RALEIGH||MATRTIN ST/FAYETTEVILLE ST|
|5/31||JOSEPH LEWIS||BREAKING ENTERING||RALEIGH||149 EAST DAVIE ST|
|5/31||PRESTON LOVE||BREAKING ENTERING||GOLDSVILLE, NC||149 EAST DAVIE ST|
|5/31||TAMARA BELL||BREAKING ENTERING||RALEIGH||149 EAST DAVID ST|
|5/31||STEPHEN MCMILLAN||BREAKING ENTERING||RALEIGH||149 EAST DAVIE|
|5/31||RICHARD MORGAN||BREAKING ENTERING||RALEIGH||149 EAST DAVIE ST|
|5/31||TARRIN MORGAN||BREAKING ENTERING||RALEIGH||411 FAYETTEVILLE ST|
|5/31||JEFFREY VELEZ||RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER||RALEIGH||200 FAYETTEVILLE ST|
|5/31||ISMAEL KAID||RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER||CARY||200 FAYETTEVILLE ST|
|5/31||ANTONIO WILLIAMS||RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER||RALEIGH/HOMELESS||BLOUNT|
|5/31||MARK DRUMHELLER||ASSAULT GOVT EMPLOYEE||PITTSBORO||WEST DAVIE|
|5/31||GARY MORGAN||RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER||RALEIGH||BLOUNT/HARGETT ST|
|5/31||MATTHEW HAECK||RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER||RALEIGH||MARTIN ST|
|5/31||JORDAN MIMS||RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER||RALEIGH||100 W JONES ST|
|5/31||HUNTER BRADLEY||RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER||GARNER||SALISBURY/ MORGAN|
|5/31||TREY STRICKLAND||RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER||RALEIGH||BLOUNT/DAVIE|
|5/21||JAMAAL ABDULAH-LUTZ||ASSAULT GOVT EMPLOYEE||GARNER||SALISBURY/HILLSBOROUGH|
|5/31||MAXIMILLIAN CLINGROTH||ASSAULT GOVT EMPLOYEE||RALEIGH||100 FAYETTEVILLE ST|
|5/31||ANTHONY ALIANO||BURN BUILDING||WAKE FOREST||2 EAST MORGAN|
|6/1||JAMES HOOPES||RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER||FALLS CHURCH VA||BRAGG WOLFE ST|
|6/1||RYAN DOWNING||INCITING RIOT||RALEIGH||100 FAYETTEVILLE ST|
|6/1||DAVID MOORE||FAILURE TO DISPERSE||CARY||100 FAYETTEVLLE ST|
|6/1||TYREE UTLEY||FAILURE TO DISPERSE||RALEIGH||MORGAN FAYETTEVILLE ST|
|6/1||EMMANUEL DIRRELL||FAILURE TO DISPERSE||CARY||1 E EDENTON|
|6/1||ERIC BIBB||FAILURE TO DISPERSE||RALEIGH||100 FAYETTEVILLE ST|
|6/1||ELLIOTT MAYO||BREAKING ENTERING||KNIGHTDALE||4321 LASSITER MILL RD N HILLS|
|6/1||CHETARRA HILL||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||RALEIGH||4321 LASSITER MILL RD N HILLS|
|6/1||DANTRELL HEDGEPETEH||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||RALEIGH||4321 LASSITER MILL RD N HILLS|
|6/1||ALLAN WILLIAMS||WEAPON||RALEIGH||100 E DAVIE|
|6/1||MONTEZ BASCOMBE||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||RALEIGH||7900 OLD WAKE FOREST RD TTC|
|6/1||MAKELL BREECE MELVIN||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||ZEBULON||3000 TOWN DRIVE TTC|
|6/1||SHAROD PERRY||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||RALEIGH||7900 OLD WAKE FOREST RD TTC|
|6/1||BRAYAM ORTIZ RANGEL||RESIST, LARCENY||DURHAM||MORGAN FAYETTEVILLE ST|
|6/1||JALEEL CARNEGIE||RESIST, ASSAULT||RALEIGH||MARTIN BLOUNT ST|
|6/1||KENED SANCHEZ MORENO||RESIST, ASSAULT||WEST PALM BEACH FL||MORGAN WILMINGTON ST|
|6/1||DIJON PULLEY||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||RALEIGH||7901 OLD WAKE FOREST RD|
|6/1||NADARAH FRANKLIN||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||RALEIGH||2823 CALCULUS LANE RALEIGH|
|6/1||ANGELO SAMPLE||TRESPASS DURING EMERGENCY||GREENVILLE||3301 HAMMOND RD|
|6/1||KEVIN LINN||WEAPON CURFEW||RALEIGH||WILMINGTON MORGAN ST|
|6/1||CHAQUAN KING||CURFEW||KNIGHTDALE||BLOUNT ST|
|6/1||MICHAEL STITT||CURFEW||RALEIGH||BLOUNT ST|
|6/1||ISAIAH RILEY||CURFEW||HUMMELSTOWN PA||BLOUNT ST|
|6/1||DANA DAWSON-FALLING||CURFEW||RALEIGH||BLOUNT ST|
Neither Pulley nor Underwood had a certain answer to how the Triangle community can come together after the nights of violence, but both agreed violence is not the answer.
Attorney Damon Chetson has offered to represent any of those arrested after the Raleigh protests for free.
"Our First Amendment right to protest and to petition our government and to get angry with our government is sacred," he said, before adding, "I am absolutely not condoning any property damage that occurred."
Chetson said he witnessed when the protest turned to riot Saturday night, and he puts some of the blame on Raleigh police.
"What I saw was them being tear-gassed by Raleigh police, and I think that led to some of the events that occurred later ... which was the property destruction, the broken glass and so forth in downtown Raleigh," he said.