Equal Protection Protests Lead to Arrests at NC Legislature

Jul 2, 2015

Protestors advocating equal protection for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court rulings were arrested at a demonstration in the North Carolina Legislative Building.

General Assembly police arrested six demonstrators Wednesday following a larger rally in the rotunda between the House and Senate chambers. The six refused to leave with the crowd of around 40 people after police told them they would be subject to arrest once the building closed at 5 p.m.

Affiliated with the North Carolina NAACP and the "Moral Mondays" movement, the protesters called on the General Assembly to expand Medicaid, pass anti-discrimination laws for gay and transgender people and offer in-state tuition to undocumented students.

North Carolina NAACP President the Rev. William Barber was not among those arrested.