Eight Protesters Arrested Outside East Charlotte Women’s Clinic For Violating Stay At Home Order

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CMPD released the names of the eight protesters who were charged on Saturday for violating the mass gathering order outside of a Charlotte abortion clinic. The order permits for no more than 10 people to be gathered as part of the North Carolina Stay at Home Order.

Before arresting any individuals officers issued 12 individuals with citations for violating the order. According to officers, after receiving the citation eight individuals were arrested for continuing to violate the order.

The names of those who were arrested are:

  • 44-year-old David Benham
  • 39-year-old Joshua Scott Kappes
  • 68-year-old Robert Reeder
  • 18-year-old Konur Papageorgiou
  • 71-year-old Phillip Benham
  • 27-year-old Katherine Burgess
  • 43-year-old Jonathan Braswell
  • 20-year-old Bailey Benham

Of these individuals only Burgess was not given a citation before being arrested.

Original Story (4/4/20):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –The CMPD says they arrested eight people after a group of 50 protesters gathered outside an east Charlotte abortion clinic on Saturday.

According to police, the protesters were congregated outside of A Preferred Women’s Health Center on Latrobe Drive off of Wendover Road near Monroe Road.

CMPD determined the mass gathering was a violation of  the North Carolina Stay at Home Order and all who exceed the allowed amount were asked to leave.

Police say 12 people who were in violation refused to leave and were issued a citation for Violation of Emergency Prohibitions and Restrictions.

After issuing the citations, eight people still refused to comply with the order and were arrested.  They were each charged with Violation of Emergency Prohibitions and Restrictions under North Carolina General Statute 14-288.20a(2).

The CMPD says they are managing the Stay at Home Order through voluntary compliance but will enforce violations by citations or arrests if necessary.

The public can report violations of the Stay at Home Order through the CLT+mobile app, online at www.cmpd.org, or by calling 3-1-1.