Raw: Protester outside governor's mansion describes encounter with police
A protester camped outside the governor's mansion with about a dozen other people describes what happened when police officers confronted the group.
I believe this will be the fourth confrontation that we've had since we got out here at 9 p.m. Last night. We arrived. We had a couple of tents on just to keep ourselves comfortable from the elements in North Carolina. You never know if it's gonna rain in the next 15 minutes or we're gonna be hit with one of those random flashes. And so we just wanted to make sure that we have provisions so that we were comfortable out here because we are out here because of Senate Bill 1 68 Are there certain things in the Senate bill that we agree with, like better access to health care, more insurance payouts for spouses and things like that? But unfortunately, Senate Bill 1 68 also includes language about making the medical records of those detained by North Carolina police and those in car parts incarcerated in North Carolina prisons inaccessible to the public. So whatever happens to people want detained by the police, whatever happens, people once they're in jail, medical records of these people are no longer public, so it makes it very, very difficult to fight for justice for anything that happens within the confines of those areas. So last night we arrived here around nine. We started hanging out, the cops came. State Capital PD came and told us that this area over here with state capital land and that we could not have tense on it. And they told us that we could since on the sidewalk. Shortly thereafter, the Rally Police Department came and told us that we could not have tents on the sidewalk. They handed us an ordinance. I believe it was city code, Section 10 22 or some nonsense. I've seen four different times because they keep bringing that same slip of paper. And, um, it's been it's been an exercise in suppression and in silencing in all honesty. So we were told that we couldn't have the tents because we're obstructing the sidewalk. But we could have chairs. And so we took the 10 sound and they came and said that we couldn't have tables, that the food was on the mayor here. Oh, I was hoping that Marianne would pop out. I mean, Mayor Baldwin with pop out, but you know, so then we move the table when we put the food on the ground, right? We're willing to compromise. And ah, a couple of people slept out here. They stayed overnight because they're so outraged about this villain. We really, really need it to be vetoed. We were awoken at around 4 35 by RPG walking up to us and wishing us good morning and letting us know that we could not sleep there. So they waited until everyone was all nice and getting close. Sorry. And we had a few people awake, just, you know, hanging out. And then they decided to let us know you got a packet of sleeping bags are illegal. There could apparently be no cushion between you and the sidewalk. And so we got rid of the sleeping bags. We were just sitting. An RPG came back 1/3 time. At this point, I believe it is to tell us that we could sit. Either It was that we had to remove the chairs, that we could not sit on the sidewalk and we let them know that we're simply praying and meditating for change. There literally 12 people out here at this point, it is a protest. But more than anything, we're praying or meditating for change. And now RPG and state capital here, threatening to arrest the citizens of Raleigh for sitting, praying and meditating on public property that their taxes pay for.