NC Police Arrest Protesters At Vacant Dealership

More than two dozen police officers in the university town of Chapel Hill have rushed a vacant car dealership and arrested protesters who were inside.

The News & Observer reports that officers carrying semi-automatic weapons rushed the building at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Officers pointed rifles at those standing outside and ordered them to put their faces on the ground. Police also surrounded and cleared the building.

Eight people who were inside the building were handcuffed and transported by bus to the police station. An officer at the scene said they would be charged with breaking and entering. Those standing outside were let go after their photos were taken.

Police said Sunday that they learned Saturday through a book fair associated with the Occupy encampment in Chapel Hill that about 70 people had broken into the former dealership.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    Semi-automatic weapons? Rifles aimed? What is the reason for this show of power from what is supposed to be a civil police force? Such treatment seems extreme for a group of trespassers at a vacant building. Is there more to the story, or is this an indication of the militarization of our police?
  • by DINO on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:21 AM
    You guys are all idiots. You cheer when the cops arrest protestors but haven't the guts to go after corporations who steal billions of taxpayer dollars or cheat employees out of benefits and pay. Just wait until you're unemployed and trying to scrape together a couple bucks so you can afford to eat. Your time will come, then let's see how anti-OWS you are.
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      by WOW on Nov 14, 2011 at 01:41 AM in reply to DINO
      Wanna explain how occupying a vacant car dealership will help reduce corporate greed?
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        by Zzyzx Road on Nov 14, 2011 at 04:00 AM in reply to WOW
        Right on, WOW! Also, DINO is assuming these people are "unemployed and trying to scrape together a couple of bucks" when in reality, they're probably rich college kids doing their "reading, writing and revolution" thing. Besides, these people, whoever they are show no respect for property rights, so let the police do their job and clear them out!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 04:03 AM in reply to DINO
      Your silly DINO. You say people don't have the guts to go after Corps...perhaps its not us who lack guts, but people who blame others for their state of affairs that lack intelligence. If they spent just a fraction of their efforts getting a job they could afford to eat.
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      by Back on Nov 14, 2011 at 04:22 AM in reply to DINO
      Yea I saw the occupy group in Gvlle last week. Probably 20 or so on the corner....and all I could see were college/young kids who have NO clue. I have a job, single parent, putting my son through school so he won't have to get a student loan...and sometimes I have trouble making ends meet....BUT I DO IT WITHOUT COMPLAINING. That's one of my responsibilities as a parent. And if I knew my son was part of this group...he'd be paying his own tuition and expenses.
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        by REM on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:26 AM in reply to Back
        Right on!
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        by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 06:52 AM in reply to Back
        Is your son aware of how little respect you have for him? Are your love and support really contingent on his sharing your beliefs? I did not participate the protest, but I know several people who did. These people include college students who are developing their political awareness and learning about the system of government in the USA as well as different political and economic theories, doing so in their classes and as extracurricular activities. It also includes people who have already graduated college, are mothers and fathers, and work and contribute to society and the economy. Your entire comment is an ad hominem attack. You have a stereotype in your mind that you have slapped on an entire group, allowing you to dismiss the group as a whole without giving due respect to the participants and their various beliefs. If you want to express your disagreement with these beliefs, please do so on a more thoughtful and respectful manner.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 15, 2011 at 01:49 PM in reply to
          "Opening the toilet seat".....Ahh, that is the biggest pile anyone has layed on this story yet. These mushbrains getting theories and extracurricular activities. The group contains 60s radicals with a few young pot head kids that don't know the difference between thinking on their own or following a bunch of yelling kids in OWS. Here is something important, we were there years ago and now we don't care. The problem is the crazies that influence them have to be explained by their parents. I suggest you go to Utube and watch this protest in various cities so you can throw up at the comments they make and the stupid things they do. They are being used by the uber left as usefull idiots and mushbrains and as Back posted, I would intervene as well if it happened to one of mine. Sorry, the shoe fit so the toilet is used...."loud flushing sound heard."
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          by ? on Nov 15, 2011 at 01:53 PM in reply to
          Right, like throwing rocks at police officers or trespassing! That’s a great way to 'demonstrate' in a 'respectful' and ‘thoughtful’ manner! Please tell me how trespassing on someone else’s property is apart of college, sorry, but you have no case whatsoever nor do you have any right to tell a parent what to do.
  • by dude Location: greenville on Nov 13, 2011 at 10:27 PM
    They're all a bunch of dirty hippies!!!
  • by shamekia Location: greenville on Nov 13, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    Good. Arrest them all.
  • by voter Location: nc on Nov 13, 2011 at 08:38 PM
    wait a minute here,,,we all know there are different rules for liberals. the cops should have brought them tofu and carrot juice, not treat them like commoners.

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