14 arrested after sit-in at legislative building

Protestors sit in Thom Tillis' office after the building was closed for the night. Derick Waller/WNCN

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Fourteen people were arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building after sitting in House Speaker Thom Tillis’ office for nearly 11 hours.

The group is a part of the NAACP-led weekly “Moral Monday” demonstrations and were removed from Tillis’ office Wednesday morning, handcuffed with plastic zip-ties and led out of the building one by one, escorted by General Assembly police.

General Assembly Lieutenant Martin Brock says all 14 will be charged with 2nd degree trespassing and violation of building rules.

Police asked the protesters to leave and warned them they would be arrested eight times, after the building closed Tuesday night at 9pm, 30 minutes after the last legislative meeting.

The group wanted to meet with Tillis, the Republican Senate nominee, to ask for repeals of GOP policies.

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