Breaking: Police in North Carolina Attack Voters, Gas Kids in Voter Suppression Effort

"I saw several children choking from the spray," a witness told BuzzFeed News. "People had to choose whether to continue to the polling station or go wash their eyes and skin."


News Observer: A racially diverse group of about 200 people walked with a police escort from Wayman’s Chapel AME Church to Court Square, where they held a rally encouraging people to vote. The event was organized by Rev. Greg Drumwright, a Burlington native who leads the the Citadel Church in Greensboro, according to his website.

At least three politicians participated in some parts of the event: the current mayor of Burlington, Ian Baltutis; Democratic candidate for county commissioner Dreama Caldwell; and Democratic school board candidate Seneca Rodgers.

At one point, the marchers held a moment of silence in the street in honor of George Floyd, the Black man killed while in police custody in Minneapolis earlier this summer.

After the moment of silence concluded, law enforcement told people to clear the road.

Buzz Feed:Law enforcement officers in Graham, North Carolina, used pepper spray on people, including young children, who were marching to a local polling station on Saturday, and made multiple arrests.

The march, called “I Am Change,” was to rally voter participation on the last day of early voting across the country. According to multiple witnesses and a Facebook livestream, Graham Police Department officers unleashed pepper spray on a crowd of about 200 demonstrators after what appeared to be an attempt to shut down the entire rally.

Witnesses told BuzzFeed News that officers from the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office then arrived at the scene, and law enforcement officers began making multiple arrests.

“More arrests happened, then more pepper spray,” said Megan Squire, who attended the march. Squire and her husband, a photographer who was taking photos of the incident, counted at least three arrests at the start of the clash, and six arrests near the end.

The Graham Police Department and Alamance County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to multiple inquiries from BuzzFeed News. However, a brief press release from the sheriff’s office sent to local journalists on Saturday afternoon, which BuzzFeed News reviewed, confirmed that they “made arrests today” and that “individuals are currently being processed at the detention center.”

“I saw several children choking from the spray,” said Squire. “People had to choose whether to continue to the polling station or go wash their eyes and skin.”

Raleigh News & Observer reported that a 5-year-old and 11-year-old were sprayed the chemical. Their mom Melanie Mitchell told the outlet that both of her kids threw up from the pepper spray.

Belle Boggs, a participant who was there with her 6-year-old daughter, told BuzzFeed News they did not have time to clear the area before officers began swarming demonstrators.

…and in Missouri?


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  1. And, the guy wearing camo is what ?
    Going to hide in the bushes in order to protect democracy ?

    Folks, they wear camo, so they can pretend to be military in wartime, there is no other reason.
    It is stolen valor, and inappropriate attire for police in the streets. Completely unacceptable.

  2. Why were the police there anyway? A march from a church to a polling place doesn’t seem to warrant a danger to public safety. Perhaps an escort to hold traffic at intersections, perhaps.

    • These cops were only there to suppress the vote on the last day of early voting in North Carolina. That’s what the present-day Republican Party is all about, suppressing the vote. They’re the same as the Proud Boys who will show up at polling stations across the country on Tuesday.

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