A lockdown protester in North Carolina singled out a black police officer for harassment.
Demonstrators turned out Tuesday in Raleigh to protest Gov. Roy Cooper's stay-at-home order intended to halt the spread of the coronavirus, and one man wearing a Gadsden flag as a cape pestered a black law enforcement officer.
“What law am I violating by standing on the sidewalk?” the protester asks. “Take me to jail for not violating the law. Take me to jail.”
Video shows the man antagonizing the impassive officer, who is wearing a medical mask and sunglasses.
"Can you arrest me right now for standing here?" the man says. "That's a simple question, the news is right here, right? Are y'all the news? Can you arrest me for standing on the sidewalk right now, and if so, articulate what law, which general statute says it?"
The man then crossed his wrists waiting to be handcuffed by the officer, who does not appear to look toward him or make any other movement.
"I'm waiting," he says. "There is none, right?"
The man appeals to the news team and others standing nearby, and a woman can be heard complaining the officer won't answer his questions.
"No, they won't answer because they know the truth will hurt their cause right now," the man says.
The same man can be seen in another video wearing a centurion helmet and yelling at a police helicopter.
“What law am I violating by standing on the sidewalk?” A #ReopenNC protester says to a police officer. “Take me to… https://t.co/wG6cc873iB— Ashad Hajela (@Ashad Hajela) 1588087619.0
And folks are rolling into the parking lot on Jones street. #ReopenNC https://t.co/nPvq5AC7rQ— A.P. Dillon 🤨 (@A.P. Dillon 🤨) 1588083350.0