Voting and civil rights activists were pepper-sprayed by police during a march to the polls in North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.The “I Am Change” march, organized by Rev. Gregory Drumwright, was hosted in Greensboro and Graham on Friday and Saturday, respectively—the final days of in-person early voting in the state. The march aimed to encourage voters to get to the polls and help put an end to the systemic oppression of minority groups.On Saturday in Graham, hundreds gathered for the march from Wayman’s Chapel AME Church to the Alamance County Historic Courthouse, where a controversial confederate monument still stands. The march would then culminate a few blocks down at the early voting polls.But things quickly took a turn for the worst when Graham police instructed those marching to disperse and began pepper-spraying when they failed to do so, reportedly without a warning. Alamance County sheriffs soon began taking down the sound equipment used by event speakers and turning off the generator, stating that the permits had been revoked and reiterating that the crowd needed to disperse. Once the crowd got anxious, the officers started pepper-spraying them again.Newsweek subscription offers >Congressional Candidate Scott Huffman of North Carolina, who was present during… Read full this story
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