Excerpt From: ABC11. Written By: Ed Crump.
The president of the North Carolina NAACP was threatened with arrest Wednesday at the General Assembly just moments before he was scheduled to hold a news conference.
Because of the bitter cold, the NAACP tried to move the news conference inside to the rotunda in the third-floor viewing area.
The chief of the General Assembly’s police force followed NC NAACP President the Rev. William Barber to the third floor and warned him the entire way that he would be arrested if he tried to hold a news conference without a permit.
In the end – after getting legal advice from his staff – Barber decided to hold the conference outside, in front of the building where the group had originally been given a permit.
Barber announced that next week hundreds of people from all walks of life would be at the legislature for the annual “Forward Together Moral Advocacy and People’s Legislative Day.”
He also derided GOP legislative leaders – repeatedly calling them the all-white Republican caucus – and saying they are quickly moving the state backward.