Judge reduces bond for Moral Monday protesters, sets next court date

An officer arrests a demonstrator during one of the first Moral Monday protests. (Jeff Reeves, WNCN)
An officer arrests a demonstrator during one of the first Moral Monday protests. (Jeff Reeves, WNCN)
An officer arrests a demonstrator during one of the first Moral Monday protests. (Jeff Reeves, WNCN)

Moral Monday protesters, who were arrested April 29, were in court Monday where the judge modified each person’s bond to a $500 unsecured bond and set their next court appearance for Aug. 28.

A lawyer for the protesters argued that the arrests of the 20 protesters were unconstitutional. Police say the protesters, facing 2nd degree trespassing and violation of the fire code, refused to leave an area of the state House.

Rev William Barber, the leader of North Carolina’s NAACP, created the Moral Monday movement and says the arrests were unjust.

“We are here on matter of principal,” Rev. Barber said. “We refuse to give up our constitutional rights on matter of arrest.”

There are several more Moral Monday protests planned for the summer and Rev. Barber says protesters will not shy away from being arrested again.

Activists are protesting the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature on a variety of issues including liveable wages, expanding medicaid and funding public education.

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