Local & State
|Mecklenburg deputies arrest protesters at detention center|
|43 activists detained after refusing to leave|
|Published Thursday, June 18, 2020 11:32 pm|
|PHOTO | TROY HULL|
|Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden.|
Deputies made 43 arrests after activists who camped outside the facility to support peers who were previously arrested, refused to leave after multiple orders to do so. Sheriff Garry McFadden said he spoke to protesters outside the jail at 10 a.m. to engage leadership, but no one volunteered such a role. The activists were ordered to leave by 2 p.m. and the sheriff’s office offered to help move their property.
Deputies blocked off 4th Street before arrests were made. The support station was set up by Charlotte Uprising activists to offer aid to colleagues upon their release from jail. The activists ultimately moved across the street.
“I am deeply disturbed because I support the cause of reentry into the community as it is a part of my mission and vision for my agency,” McFadden said in a statement. “What I cannot support is an unsafe and disruptive environment for those conducting business at MCSO facilities. I now look forward to continuing positive dialogue with members of the community as we move past this unfortunate incident.”
The Sheriff’s Office, in a press release, said the department asked the protesters leave after receiving complaints “about the jail supporters harassing visitors, employees, and impeding daily business operations of those attempting to access MCSO facilities.” Among the complaints were “spitting and banging on windows, removal of the flag, human feces in the walkway, sleeping overnight, a roaming Pitbull, blocking bus lanes and pedestrian traffic, etc.”
McFadden said he supported the protesters to remain on site for three weeks before taking action, and staff were directed to allow activists to have access to the building, help with daily trash removal and water storage.
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