CMPD: Officers Arrest 10 Protesters In Uptown Charlotte Over The Weekend
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police say they arrested 10 protesters over the weekend for unlawful actions during their demonstrations.
On Saturday round 9 p.m. a group of demonstrators began to march through uptown Charlotte, when one protester picked up a steel pipe near South College Street and East M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard and began to aggressively approach officers, according to a news release.
CMPD says bicycle officers used pepper spray to stop the protesters from moving forward, and to prevent any injuries. Shortly before 10 p.m. the group of demonstrators put on gas masks and armed themselves with tennis rackets and shields, according to a news release.
Police say one demonstrator riding a bicycle, 23-year-old Deandre Love, was arrested for possession of a firearm during the protest on South Tryon Street and Carson Boulevard. As demonstrators continued to march, four other protesters were arrested, including Shweta Malhorta for damage to property and resisting a public officer, according to a news release.
Police say they arrested Rachel Roush for resisting a public officer, Dawnya Little for assault of a government official, and a 17-year-old man for damage to property and resisting a public officer. Police say demonstrators placed objects like business signs, garbage cans, e-scooters, and traffic cones in the roadway to stop traffic, according to a news release.
Officers blocked off Stonewall Street around 11 p.m. to keep everyone safe, when an officer used pepper spray on a protester who assaulted another officer, according to a news release. After this incident the same group of demonstrators reportedly surrounded a vehicle attempting to cross the intersection of South Caldwell Street and East 3rd Street, according to a news release.
Police say they responded and helped restore the flow of traffic when one protester was arrested for allegedly approaching officers aggressively and breaking the established perimeters. Police say all criminal activity surrounding the riots is still being actively investigated, and anyone with more information should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
On Sunday around 9:30pm a group of demonstrators who had gathered at Marshall Park separated into several small groups and began to march in Uptown Charlotte. Shortly before 11:00 p.m., these groups reconvened near South Tryon Street and East Stonewall Street. Police say this crowd of approximately 75 protesters began to knock over barricades and move them into the roadway near the Black Lives Matter mural. Officers followed behind the protesters, removed the items from obstructing the roadway and restored them to their original location, according to a news release.
Shortly after this, police say the group of protesters surrounded a vehicle to prevent it from leaving the area, so officers intervened by forming a line between the demonstrators and the vehicle to protect its occupants. Protesters are then accused of assaulting the officers by throwing traffic cones at them, and a protester kicked an officer with his bicycle several times, according to a news release.
Shortly before 12:00 a.m. this morning, officers say they recognized Wilfred Nagbe who was wanted for felony assault by strangulation. Officers were able to arrest Nagbe without incident. Around this time, officers say Josselyn Farrior was arrested and charged with assault on an officer for interfering with an arrest, and Victor Richardson was arrested and charged with larceny for stealing a police bicycle, according to a news release. Officers say the police bicycle has since been recovered.
Shortly before 12:30 a.m., police say protesters returned to the Black Lives Matter mural and moved street barricades into the middle of the intersection of South College Street and East 4th Street. Protesters are accused by CMPD of stopping and blocking traffic at this intersection, stopping C.A.T.S. buses leaving the Transit Center and impeding the normal flow of traffic, according to a news release. When officers began using their bicycles to separate protesters from traffic, clear the intersection and move protesters out of the roadway, police say the officers were pushed by protesters. Officers used pepper spray and arrested Kaki Metcalfe and Julia Grainger for resist/delay/obstruct a public officer. Grainger was also charged with assault on an officer. Five officers received treatment from Medic due to pepper spray exposure, and one of these five was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
All criminal activity surrounding the disruptive and unlawful demonstrations since August 21, 2020, is still being actively investigated. Anyone with information about criminal activity stemming from these demonstrations is asked to report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/