DA Suggests Community Service, $180 Court Costs For 900+ Moral Monday Protesters Arrested

 Wake County

The Rev. William Barber, left, of the NC NAACP and Pastor Mary Petty of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, center, wave at a rally on Halifax Mall as the Monday protests are held at the General Assembly in Raleigh, NC on Monday, June 3, 2013. More than 100 people have been arrested in the largest demonstrations yet in the state chapter of the NAACP's campaign against the Republican-led General Assembly. Police estimate that roughly 1,000 people attended a rally late Monday afternoon behind the Legislative Building on Halifax Mall. Hundreds later entered the building, with those intending to get arrested wearing green wrist bands. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward) MANDATORY CREDIT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Wake County's district attorney is proposing deferred prosecution for the more than 900 people arrested during the series of Moral Monday protests at the N.C. Legislature.

District Attorney Colon Willoughby is proposing that the protesters perform 25 hours of community service and pay $180 in court costs. After that, the charges will be dropped.

Willoughby said the proposal is similar to how his office handled the Occupy Raleigh protesters.

So far, Willoughby said some people have taken him up on the idea and begun their community service. He said some protesters may have their cases dismissed more quickly if they choose to take the offer.

The weekly protests attracted thousands to the Legislative Building and government complex during the just-concluded session.

The story was first reported by WRAL in Raleigh.


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