Occupy Monday’s “Civil Disobedience” is a joke on NC taxpayers. This week, a Judge dismissed trespassing charges for 5 of the occupiers. Who bears the police and court costs? The taxpayer.
When civil disobedience is a joke => https://t.co/QRsbkelbCX #ncpol
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) August 11, 2014
Apparently, law enforcement will have to tell each and every person who protests they need to disperse. Bear in mind, these protesters volunteered to be arrested.
Via ABC11, emphasis added:
A recent Supreme Court decision once again factored into the dismissal of charges against “Moral Monday” protesters.
Tuesday, a Wake County judge tossed out five protesters on trial for disrupting the proceedings at the Legislative Building in 2013.
It happened during the height of the Moral Monday movement against controversial Republican-backed policies.
On July 13, 2013, 101 protesters were arrested and charged with trespassing. Five of the protesters were tried Tuesday.
The chief of the General Assembly Police testified that he made the decision to classify the protest as a disturbance. He told the court that he warned protesters to leave or be arrested.
However, the Moral Monday defense team, supplied by the NAACP, played a new strategy.
“Until you tell each individual, then you can’t determine that particular individual willfully violated the law”, explained N.C. NAACP legal advisor Irv Joyner.
Citing brand new Supreme Court precedent, the defense argued the General Assembly Police’s rules for classifying a disturbance are vague and overbroad, and that enforcement needs to be narrowly tailored to specific individuals to protect the group’s first amendment rights.
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