RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ More than 70 protesters were handcuffed and taken to jail during the weekly Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly, bringing the total number arrested in the current legislative session to about 900.
In a change from past weeks, state House leaders moved their Monday night session to 4 p.m., three hours earlier than typical. That left the protesters massing shortly before 7 in the atrium outside the legislative chambers singing and chanting in a largely empty building.
General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver made no move to force the crowd to disperse until North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber told the protesters to sit on the floor, signaling they intended to stay. Weaver declared the building closed about 7:20 and officers arrested those who remained.