Five protesters arrested at Legislative Building
General Assembly police charged five people who they say created a disturbance in the House gallery Tuesday night as lawmakers debated the budget for North Carolina state government.Posted — Updated
House Speaker Thom Tillis initially warned the crowd watching overhead when they clapped in favor of comments about the budget by a Democratic member.
Seth Keel, a spokesman for a group called the North Carolina Defend Education Coalition, said five members of the group were arrested.
He said that as the House prepared to vote on the budget, four protesters – Monserrat Alvarez, 19, Raul Jimenez, Zan Caldwell and Luis Rangel – started chanting and unfurled a banner. Andy Koch was also arrested when "he tried to document their arrest," said Keel, who wasn't detained.
Police said five people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
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