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Demonstrators question enforcement of picketing statute in Gaston County

Demonstrators question enforcement of picketing statute in Gaston County

GASTON COUNTY (WBTV), N.C. – Several protestors have expressed concern about the constitutionality of a state statute being applied in Gaston County.

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G.S. 14-225.1 is the title ‘picketing or parading’The law places restrictions on the rights of demonstrators who gather outside of a courthouse. To prevent the influence of a judge or juror, witness, or district attorney, citizens must remain 300 feet from a courthouse.

Several protests were held outside the Gaston County Courthouse in Gastonia over the past few weeks.

In the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of Jason Lipscomb, 29-year-old Jason Lipscomb, some citizens protested outside the courthouse. A separate group has met several times to demand the release of bodycam footage that shows the controversial arrest Joshua Rohrer (a military veteran).

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Both groups have encountered the same dilemma; sheriff’s deputies from the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office have instructed them to move further away from the county courthouse during their demonstrations. Deputies even asked demonstrators to leave the public sidewalk around the courthouse during multiple gatherings.

Scotty Reid, a former military veteran and journalist, was present at a protest for Lipscomb late July.

“My intent was just to record and document the actual protest,”WBTV interviewed Reid about his experiences.

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Reid stated that his intentions changed after law enforcement informed protesters they needed to move 300 feet from the county courthouse.

“Once the sheriff’s department started telling them that they had to leave the yard of the courthouse, and push them across the street 300 feet, even past the sidewalk, I became a protester at that point,”Reid.

He stated that he decided not to move from the sidewalk after being threatened with arrest. Video recorded on Reid’s phone shows him speaking to the deputies after the other protesters had already moved across the street, further away from the courthouse. Reid claimed that one deputy tried to persuade Reid to follow the other protesters.

“He actually said to me quietly, ‘I really don’t want to arrest anyone out here’, trying to get me to go across the street, and I told him, ‘you know I’m a veteran, right?’ I was like, ‘I can’t move off the sidewalk. I can’t move off the constitution’,”Reid.

Reid was arrested for refusing to leave a sidewalk in front of the courthouse and was charged with a misdemeanor picketing/parading. WBTV interviewed Reid about his feelings of protecting his first amendment rights and those of other protesters.

Gaston County resident Mike Ross said that Rohrer’s group was also moved during a demonstration.

“I don’t care what your idea is, to stand on a public sidewalk and speak your mind is constitutionally protected,”Ross.

Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger supported his deputies, explaining they are enforcing law when they move protesters from the courthouse.

“This case has gone up and the court of appeals did not rule either way on its constitutionality so right now it is constitutional and proper charge. It is not my place to make a decision as to whether something is constitutional or not. That’s for the court. My job is to enforce it,”Cloninger.

Bill Marshall, a professor of Law at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, stated that it is not unusual for people to challenge the limitations of the first amendment.

“Any limit has to satisfy certain constitutional standards and one of the things you look at is, ‘Is it excessive? Is 300 feet for example too far?’ If the law said you could only protest across town, for example, I don’t think that would survive first amendment scrutiny. A question might be, ‘Why this 300-foot limit? Is that too excessive to not allow people to exercise their very important first amendment right?’,” questioned Marshall.

Reid said that he strongly believes that the statute is unconstitutional.

“That North Carolina statute they showed me, that’s unconstitutional, and they’ll keep trying to use it until I guess somebody takes them to court and if I have to go to court. If the prosecutor prosecutes me. If they get a conviction, I’ll fight this all the way to the Supreme Court,”Reid.

Cloninger stated that he had spoken with Travis Page, Gaston County District attorney, about the enforcement of picketing laws. Cloninger said that they have agreed that the 300-foot limit will not be enforced until the courthouse is open and actual proceedings are being held.

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