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Those arrested after vandalism to former Durham police HQ get day in court

Posted July 21, 2020 9:06 a.m. EDT
Updated July 21, 2020 9:37 a.m. EDT

— Twenty-three people charged after vandalism at the former Durham Police Department headquarters Saturday evening got their day in court Tuesday morning, surrounded by supporters. Dozens of people sat in the grass and on concrete barriers outside the Durham County Courthouse, waiting to access to show their support inside.

One woman who spoke to WRAL News said the action on Saturday was "entirely peaceful."

"The situation was not out of control. There was absolutely no need to do what they did," she said, in reference to the arrests.

Peaceful demonstrations Saturday evening turned violent when some people began breaking windows and rushed into the building. Windows were broken, furniture inside the building was damaged and graffiti was spray painted on several floors of the building at 505 W. Chapel Hill St., police said.

Supporters of the protesters questioned the police tactics used to execute the arrests.

Miguel Staten shared cell phone video with WRAL News that he says shows excessive force.

"It was very troubling the way they [the police] were throwing people to the ground. I saw people on the ground screaming with blood across their forehead. It was an absurd overuse of force," he said.

Gina Balamucki, a law student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also attended the protest. She said the people arrested were not the ones who vandalized the old police headquarters.

"I literally heard the commander yell ‘just arrest anyone’ to his officers. And he yelled that multiple times. They were absolutely not targeting anyone specifically. They were just arresting anyone who was there at random," she said.

Among those arrested are two people charged and later acquitted for toppling the Silent Sam statue on the UNC campus, as well as one person originally accused of toppling the Durham Confederate statue. Those charges were later dropped.

Arrested after vandalism of old Durham Police Department headquarters

  • Samuel Lawrence Carey, 35, of Pittsboro – failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Jonathan Fitzgerald Fuller, 29, of Durham – assault on a government employee and resisting a public official
  • Lydia Lenore Lewallen, 31, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Roland Murdoch McDade, 18, of Bahama - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot. He was also arrested on an old warrant for assault with a deadly weapon.
  • Johnathan McKee, 31, of Raleigh - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Sarah Schwepker, 29, of Raleigh - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Gayle Schwartzberg, 27, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Kristin Sadler, 38, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Eric Lagueruela, 27, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Brianna Sikorski, 24, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Seth Keel, 25, of Durham – felony inciting to riot
  • Lauren Aucoin, 25, of Hillsborough - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Anna Wallin, 35, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Qasima Wideman, 24, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Shaquille Coaxum, 26, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Cari Marinau, 24, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Timothy Osborn, 25, of Carrboro - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Dalia Belmouloud, 20, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Alexandria Stewart, 28, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Andrew Shoffner, 35, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Brian Dingledine, 46, of Chapel Hill - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Becks Kolins, 30, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot
  • Genevieve Beaudry, 30, of Durham - failure to disperse on command and felony inciting to riot

DPD said all of the people arrested were released on $10,000 unsecured bonds.

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