Statement by Police Chief Cerelyn J. Davis
regarding the removal of protester pallets
The Durham Police Department is respectful of those who wish to exercise their First Amendment Rights and peacefully protest. However, those privileges must be exercised while ensuring the highest level of public safety is afforded to our entire community. Blocking and impeding the flow of traffic with permanent structures in the public right of way is unacceptable, and interferes with the commuting public at large.
The following individuals have been charged with Impeding the flow of traffic (NCGS 20-174.1) and Resist, Delay and Obstruct a Law Enforcement Officer (NCGS 14-223):
Deonte Moses, 27, from Chapel Hill, NC
Matthew Helton, 36, from Durham, NC
Sheddrick Gibbs, 33, from Durham, NC
Matthew Butler, 38, from Mount Olive, NJ
They have been transported to the Durham County Jail.