Today, Emancipate NC joined with our partners at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the ACLU of North Carolina to protect the rights of protesters in North Carolina.
First, on behalf of community groups including, Raleigh Police Accountability Community Taskforce, Recidivism Reduction Educational Program Services, Young Americans Protest, Carolina Peace Center, Orchid Bloom, NC Out Professionals, Save Our Sons and St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church, we warned the Raleigh Police Department that it must not use chemical munitions, rubber bullets, kettling, or hands-on physical force against protesters this weekend. These methods contravene international law and they instigate, rather than prevent, violence. We demand an end to police violence against Black people – including individuals who are protesting for Black Lives.
Second, we warned the Alamance County Sheriff and the City of Graham that they cannot simply shut down protest permits and render all protests unlawful, as they have threatened to do via a Facebook post. This violates the First Amendment and it will not be tolerated.
We honor all those who are fighting for Black Lives and an end to police violence. Thank you and please keep up the fight.