Two men arrested after “physical altercation” at site of Confederate statue in North Carolina

Written by on October 30, 2019

Two men were arrested after “a physical altercation” Saturday near the site of a Confederate statue in North Carolina.

The incident happened on a street near the Chatham County courthouse in Pittsboro, located about 30 minutes outside the state capital of Raleigh.

Calvin James Megginson, 29, of Pittsboro and Timothy James Osborn, 24, of Carrboro were charged with inciting a riot and affray, according to a police statement.

The men are set to appear Nov. 13 in Chatham County District Court, the statement added.

In a statement, Chief Deputy Calvin Gardner said: “We respect every resident’s right to peacefully assemble in nonviolent protest or support of their beliefs. However, unlawful or violent behavior will not be tolerated.”

Details of what the men did are murky, but statue supporters called their arrests a “major, major victory.”

Statue protesters had a different take, however.

“Chatham County Sheriffs came out and grabbed two anti-racists,” Lindsday Ayling, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student studying history, tweeted. “They wouldn’t say what for. Racists are bragging about the arrests, saying more of us will be arrested if we continue to oppose them.”

Similar protests happened last year in neighboring Chapel Hill over the Confederate statue Silent Sam, which was toppled on UNC’s campus.

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