6 arrested during in downtown Greenville
GREENVILLE, North Carolina. – 6 arrested during ‘Bans off our Bodies’ picket line in downtown Greenville during a picket line in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in downtown Greenville on Saturday, according to Greenville Police.
The call and response of enthusiastic women and their allies rang out the corner of North Main Streets and East Coffee all afternoon.
“physical!” A woman shouted through a megaphone.
“my choice!” The crowd cheered in response.
According to the police, the demonstration was supposed to last from 12 pm to 1 pm with the attendance of 100 people at One City Plaza.
However, the police said that about four to five hundred people were already present and that the picket line was past its scheduled end date.
On several occasions, the police addressed people on the road and parties with opposing views on one side trying to get to the other.
They said one person was arrested after several warnings.
After 1 p.m., several people continued to occupy the plaza after the event was allowed, according to an email from the Greenville Police Department.
Police said one person was arrested after several warnings were issued about him interfering with road traffic, and five other people were detained on charges including disorderly conduct, interfering with police and resisting arrest.
All six individuals were arrested on charges that include pedestrians on the road, interfering with police, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to police.
Police said the picket line was considered an illegal gathering and officers dispersed the two sides.