The lawsuit challenged the use of force and intimidation by the City of Graham and the District of Alamance, arguing that “The defendants prevented North Carolini residents from protesting peacefully and their votes were not threatened, threats, harassment and coercion. “
CNN has reached out to the Alamance County Sheriff̵7;s Office and the Graham Police Department for comment.
According to the Graham Police Department, law enforcement sprayed tear gas on the ground to disperse crowds in at least two cases – first, after the marchers had not moved out of the way after a moment of silence. silence, and again after an officer was “assaulted” and the incident was deemed “unsafe and illegal”.
But the event organizers and other attendees said they did nothing to guarantee the response, and that they wanted to exercise their first Amendment rights and march to the votes. .
“Me and our organization, the marchers, protesters and potential voters have left here immersed, sad, traumatized, hindered and distracted from their intention to lead people. to the polls, “Drumwright said at a press conference on Sunday.
“Let me tell you one thing: We’ve been beaten, but we won’t be broken,” he added.
According to a flyer for the event, the “I Am Change” march is seen as a “march to the polls” to honor Blacks whose deaths spurred protest protests. Race injustices, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Trayvon Martin.
CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.