Robert P. Kennel: No anarchists at protests

October 15, 2013 

I attended nine of the Moral Monday gatherings outside the legislature. Before I left the house each time, my wife made me promise not to get arrested, but I did attend several planning sessions and understood the legal issues of being arrested. I did not agree with the consistent over-reach of the legislature and governor.

The recent news of “undercover” Raleigh police in the crowd seeking anarchists is unsettling. From the beginning, it was obvious the tenor of the Moral Mondays was to be honest, nonviolent protests attempting to show that legislative actions would hurt real people. I know the Rev. William Barber personally, and I know that was the only way he would lead it.

It is truly sad to see the Raleigh police (including those defending their participation) practice such over-reach as well. Nobody ever came close to anarchy.

Robert P. Kennel

Holly Springs

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