RALEIGH, N.C. — Guilford County Commissioner Carolyn Coleman was arrested Wednesday at the North Carolina General Assembly during the N.C. chapter of the NAACP’s “Witness Wednesday” event.
The Witness Wednesday event was a follow-up to the NAACP’s regular Moral Monday protests.
“They’ve done so many things. It’s just almost difficult to talk all about them. Everyday there’s another negative piece coming out of the General Assembly,” said Commissioner Coleman.
Coleman says she attended a press conference, a rally and then went into the General Assembly singing and holding signs with a group.
“After we sang for a while, the chief of police approached us, and said we had five minutes to leave, and if we didn’t we would be arrested. He waited his five minutes came back told us we had to leave or else he was going to arrest us,” explained Coleman.
Coleman was the first of eight people arrested during Wednesday’s protest. She has been arrested a total of 12 times for protesting.
“It does send a message to the members of the General Assembly, whether they like it or not. They have to hear what we are saying,” she said.
Coleman says the police treated her well.
Her court date is set for October.