NCAAP and ACLU sues North Carolina police for pepper-sprayed unauthorized "march to the polls"
One of the lawsuits was filed by the ACLU of North Carolina, two days after several officers used riot control weapons against protesters, including children. To date, it is not known whether the victims sought medical help and whether there is evidence of injuries sustained by children or their parents.
“Law enforcement officers in Graham violently interfered with voters’ march to the polls on Saturday and suppressed a peaceful and lawful assembly,” said Chantal Stevens, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. “We know that voters, particularly Black and Brown voters, have repeatedly refused to let acts of intimidation silence their voices or deprive them of the right to vote, and we hope that’s the case during this election.”
The second lawsuit came from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
"Defendants prevented North Carolinians from peacefully protesting and casting their vote free from intimidation, threats, harassments, and coercion," says the lawsuit.
According to rough estimates, the protest was attended by over 250 people. Reporter Tomas Murawski was also arrested. The total number of those arrested stopped at 12.