11 arrested amid protest at Executive Mansion in Raleigh

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Eleven people were arrested Wednesday morning at a protest in front of the Executive Mansion in downtown Raleigh, police confirmed.

Braedon Oliver Welsh (Raleigh/Wake CCBI)

Raleigh police said officers arrested 10 individuals while State Capitol Police arrested one.

A spokeswoman for Raleigh police said the arrests were made for impeding traffic.

Braedon Oliver Welsh, 20, of Raleigh was arrested by Capitol Police and charged with first-degree trespassing on infrastructure and resisting a public officer.

The names of the 10 taken into custody by Raleigh police were not immediately available.

The arrests come a day after four others were arrested at the Executive Mansion during a sit-in in opposition to Senate Bill 168.

Raleigh police said four people were arrested Tuesday afternoon for spray painting in the middle of the street.

  • Trinity Alexis Hill, 19, of Youngsville
  • Josefina Tawni Gordon, 21, of Cary
  • Njeri Dianne Kimata, 18, of Raleigh
  • Taari Felice Coleman, 27, of Raleigh

All four were charged with injury to real property.

Josefina Tawni Gordon, 21, of Cary; Trinity Alexis Hill, 19, of Youngsville; Taari Felice Coleman, 27, of Raleigh; Njeri Dianne Kimata, 18, of Raleigh (Raleigh/Wake CCBI)

About 50 people came out late on Monday to peacefully protest Senate Bill 168. Protesters said they hope to be able to stop Cooper from signing the bill.

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Under current state law, unnatural deaths in law enforcement custody must be reported to a county medical examiner.

Then, if the death is under the medical examiner’s jurisdiction, an investigation is launched and related records are passed to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Those related records become public once law enforcement hands it over.

Senate Bill 168 would keep them confidential. It’s something protesters say is wrong.

Senate Bill 168 would essentially shield certain death investigation records by law enforcement from the public.

This story will be updated.

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