Sheriff Terry Johnson is nothing more than a petty tyrant:
The demonstration took a turn, however, once the march reached the jail. Deputies quickly arrested and detained Nicholas Cassette for not complying with orders to vacate the parking lot in a fast enough manner. Though officers sequestered protestors to the sidewalk along West Pine Street, protestors didn't know they weren't allowed in the parking lot.
Liles was taken into custody after trying to help Nicholas Cassette, and Blunk was arrested for doing the same with Liles. Half an hour after the initial arrests, officers arrested Katherine Cassette for having used what they believed to be foul language.
Foul language? Some 100 inmates in that jail have been stricken by COVID 19, and these idiots are concerned about foul language? It doesn't get much more absurd than that. The protest originated at the County Courthouse, in response to the all Republican County Commissioners' ruling that Graham's Confederate statue cannot be removed:
The county's attorney said further historical research determined the Graham statue is owned by Alamance County and sits on county property. "On May 16, 1914 it was presented to the county, was accepted by the county, and it sits on county property," he explained.
However, officials said it still cannot be moved due to a North Carolina law, because county governments must follow state law. "In North Carolina, we’re not a home rule state. County government is obliged to follow state law, we don’t have any law other than that."
The 2015 North Carolina general statute 100-2.1 states that an object of remembrance on public property may not be permanently removed and may only be relocated under circumstances set forth in law.
"If you want to move it to a location other than where it sits it must be permanently relocated at a site of similar prominence, honor, visibility, and access that are within the boundaries of the county," he stated in regards to the law.
And that's a law that needs to be removed. Republicans passed it so this exact conundrum would occur. And these particular County Commissioners are happy to comply, even if it flies in the face of 21st Century equality desires and endangers lives and commerce downtown. The only people who can fix this are the voters.