Police arrest North Carolina man for distributing voting rights leaflets

“They said they would charge me for distributing literature...”

[local LGBT activist and former State Senate candidate Ty] Turner told ThinkProgress when he was released a few hours later. “I asked [the policeman] for the ordinance number [being violated], because they can’t put handcuffs on you if they cannot tell you why they’re detaining you. I said, ‘Show me where it’s illegal to do this.’ But he would not do it. The officer got mad and grabbed me. Then he told me that I was resisting arrest!”

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  1. Reason for arrest: resisting arrest.

    There is a soviet russia joke buried somewhere ...

  2. Shuck says:

    Ok, so he was putting leaflets on cars, which is against some local ordinance. The sort of thing people very rarely get cited for, so why is he being arrested? Oh, he's black, and it's North Carolina... sigh. Dammit, America.

  3. And lets guess what political party he was campaigning for? And lets guess what would happen to a white republican doing the same thing. A few years ago I caught a right wing republican hanging campaign literature on my own and other rural mailboxes. I told the woman to stop, that her actions were illegal. She laughed it off and continued driving around hanging them. I reported it to the post office who said they would "look into it"...guess how that worked.

    If a defense fund comes up for this guy I hope it gets posted so we can help him.

  4. It's interesting when "listen" means "submit." Failure to listen is no crime. Failure to demonstrate submission... well, that's often punished most severely.

  5. No, I think we can pretty safely assume that all other things being equal, there's no chance of a white guy being treated worse here. From experience. From statistics. From every single shred of evidence.

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