Anti-War Protesters Fail To Get Arrested in Raleigh
RALEIGH -- Protesters settled in front of Democratic U.S. Sen. John Edwards' Raleigh office Tuesday awaiting arrest for their efforts to make a statement that the senator has not gone far enough to oppose war with Iraq.
But despite the fact that protesters were breaking the law by blocking an entrance into a government building, the police on site chose not to intervene.
Three participating UNC students, Anna Carson-Dewitt and Sascha Bollag, both freshmen, and senior Scott O'Day, said they were disappointed when the police refused to arrest them. All three have prior arrests for civil disobedience.
O'Day said the police response undermined the protest.
"I am disappointed that the police de-escalated the situation to the point that we were not able to continue with the protest," he said. "We were more or less sure that we would be arrested, but the police weren't cooperating."