Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight

Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight

Knight acquitted of charges stemming from legislative protest

From Staff Reports

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Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight was one of seven Moral Monday protestors found not guilty of trespassing charges Wednesday in N.C. District Court in Raleigh.

The charges stemmed from a June 12 “Witness Wednesday” protest at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, named in honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

“The state never offered any evidence on who the owner of the property is that the defendants were allegedly trespassing on,” said John McWilliam, attorney for the defendants. “I think we, the people, own the legislative building and therefore cannot be considered trespassers.”

The defendants were among more than 920 people arrested between April and August outside the N.C. General Assembly chambers during protests of the Republican-controlled legislature’s policies.

“We live in perilous times when our elected leaders seek to imprison and prosecute law-abiding citizens in order to suppress their right to free speech,” Knight said. “I am glad that the courts have exonerated me and my peers today for being bold and courageous.

“I am proud that I had the chance to lift my voice along with white, black, young, old, rich, poor and middle class citizens last June to serve as a witness that justice is still alive in the Old North State.”

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Ignant comments atleast

make some sense, just tell the truth. But that does not matter as long as they are saying something. Oh well!

What is wrong with you

How proud is the City of Rocky Mount to have this self proclaimed "bold and courageous" edit representing us. It's one thing when Knight shows his stupidity locally but know we have to be concerned about the rest of the state seeing his circus act. Stupid people have to do stupid things to be recognized. Why don't you use some of that wasted time tutoring children at the boys club or in your district. You don't speak for me.

Free Speech !

You talk about free speech and yet every time a white citizen speaks at the city council meetings you yell racism. You are a joke Andre and a big one at that !!!!!!!!!

why does andre wear lipstick

why does andre wear lipstick ?

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