Raleigh Police Fail To Understand Federal And State Constitutions, Break Up Protest

Wish I had known this was going to happen, I might have gone, but, also had a sales appointment

Raleigh police break up crowd protesting to #ReopenNC

Dozens of people, many wearing red, white and blue and waving American flags, gathered outside the Legislative Building in downtown Raleigh Tuesday to protest the statewide stay-at-home order that has shut down businesses and crippled North Carolina’s economy in an attempt to slow and contain the spread of coronavirus.

The order, issued March 27 by Gov. Roy Cooper, prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people, closes businesses not considered “essential,” and asks people to stay home other than trips to buy groceries, pick up prescriptions, visit a health care provider, exercise, care for family members, volunteer to serve the needy or visit a place of worship. (snip)

But Raleigh police disagreed. After observing the crowd for about an hour, officers determined it was too many people too close together and asked them to disperse.

“If you fail to leave, if you do not disperse, you will be subject to a physical arrest and taken to the jail,” an officer on a bullhorn told the crowd.

Most got in their vehicles and continued the protest by blowing their horns, but one woman who failed to leave was taken away in handcuffs. Monica Faith Ussery, 51, of Holly Springs, faces a single misdemeanor charge of violation of executive order.

The WRAL article fails to mention the authoritarian tweets by the RPD, nor does ABC11 one

“Non-essential”. You’re Rights are now non-essential. They even call it a protest

(WNCN) Some are holding signs that say “Reopen NC” while another has a sign that reads “Freedom is not free.”

Another has a sign with “#ReopenNC #Tyranny.”

Raleigh police were on scene – telling the demonstrators they were in violation of the executive order.

The police proved those signs correct. These police should be ashamed of themselves, and should resign, as should whomever gave the orders

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

We know that one. Here’s the NC Constitution

Sec. 2. Sovereignty of the people: All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.

Sec. 12. Right of assembly and petition: The people have a right to assemble together to consult for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to the General Assembly for redress of grievances; but secret political societies are dangerous to the liberties of a free people and shall not be tolerated.

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4 Responses to “Raleigh Police Fail To Understand Federal And State Constitutions, Break Up Protest”

  1. Doug says:

    I am of the firm belief that this virus is being used as a test run to see how far the government and law enforcement can push the people. That police officer who may be your neighbor down the street would not hesitate putting a bullet in your brain or beating you until you were crippled for life. You see they do not want to be unemployed like you and me. They will do whatever they are told to do to keep their paychecks and pensions.

    The political elite will not stand for people speaking out against them. The decrees signed by the governors have become instant law. How convenient!! The governor signs a piece of paper and our freedoms disappear. The restoration of “normal” is going to be a fight in a lot of places. The elites will not relinquish this new found power without a fight.

    Fasten your seatbelts boys and girls. There is a very bumpy road ahead of us!!

    • formwiz says:

      I think the issue is how long the people put up with it and it looks like my 2 week limit was right.

      If the Demos have to be overruled by Trump into putting the country back to work, Trump will not only pass the margin of victory, but the margin of vote fraud.

  2. Odysseus says:

    Do they really not understand what comes of people not being able to peacefully petition their government for redress?

  3. Ron B. Liebermann says:

    What these people did was wrong for two reasons. First, the virus might still be contagious, so let’s give the authorities a little more time. But more importantly, “protesting” has no effect. The “protesters” can stand outside the building all day, and it won’t make any difference. The only way to oppose the government is the legal way. First, you have to draw up a list of the government employees who are involved in the decision-making process. Who issued the quarantine orders? Who are his or her assistants? Who else is involved? Such as medical advisors, economic planners, etc. Once you have an organizational chart, then you can make some phone calls, and meet with at least some of these people. Governments thrive on secrecy. They don’t want people to know who is making the decisions, or how much each employee is getting paid, or the long-term goals of the administration. So when you deal with any branch of the State of Federal government, you are trying to get answers from professional liars. And that’s not easy. But there’s no other choice. If these protesters want change, they’ll have to do the hard work. Pick up the phone, and start making appointments.

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