Police officers were forced to use pepper spray to break up a group of BLM activists trying to suppress the vote in North Carolina.
Marchers were trying to block a polling place and intimidate voters. Graham Police Department needed to use pepper spray to disperse the crowd on two different occasions.
Organizers claim the police violated their rights.
“I and our organization, marchers, demonstrators and potential voters left here sunken, sad, traumatized, obstructed and distracted from our intention to lead people all the way to the polls,” said the march organizer, the Rev. Gregory Drumwright, in a news conference Sunday.
“Let me tell you something: We were beaten, but we will not be broken,” he added.
The race-baiting attorney, Ben Crump, who is representing George Floyd’s niece was supposed to speak during the march.
Police say the gathering became unsafe when protests failed to follow their commands. To disperse the crowd police sprayed pepper spray toward the ground. Eight people were arrested and no one who showed up for the protest voted. The incident occurred on the last day of early voting in North Carolina the weekend before Election Day.
Democrat officials in the state claimed the “peaceful protest” became violent because “law enforcement tried to take the sound equipment.”
“We need to find a way to close the book on voter suppression and police violence if we are to start a new chapter in our story that recognizes the importance of protecting everyone’s right to vote,” said ACLU of North Carolina executive director Chantal Stevens.
Keep in mind that not one person at the protest voted.
By the end of early voting, more than 4.5 million ballots had been cast in North Carolina, which is 95% of the total number of votes statewide in 2016.
The #BLM and #antifa had a March to The polls in #NorthCarolina to try an intimidate voters and The #Police used Pepper spray to disperse the non compliant Crowd Today. #BattlegroundState pic.twitter.com/oignq1z08Y
— boroparkhocker (@boroparkhocker) November 1, 2020
November 3, 2020