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Charlotte Uprising Protesters Turn Themselves In After Learning Of Outstanding Warrants

Sarah Delia
Members of local activist group Charlotte Uprising set up outside the Mecklenburg County Jail on Friday.

During a press conference outside of the Mecklenburg County Jail on Friday, members of local activist group Charlotte Uprising stood behind a long banner that read, “Hands off Anthony! Defund the police.” 

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Anthony Ferguson speaks at a press conference before turning himself in.

That Anthony is Anthony Ferguson, who has been out protesting and working with Charlotte Uprising’s Jail Support group.

"I’ve become a target and therefore harassed, chased, sprayed, gassed, beaten, arrested, for peacefully protesting for the right to be black in America and for demanding justice and change in my community," Ferguson said.

Ferguson’s lawyer Habekah Cannon says her client was charged with resisting a public officer from an incident on Monday; she declined to go into further detail. Earlier this week, Cannon says CMPD officers showed up at his parents' home demanding to know where he was.

"(His mother) said five officers circled her house and demanded to know where Anthony was and they were rude to her, they didn’t respect her boundaries for social distancing," Cannon said. "We are in the middle of COVID-19. They were very rude and hostile and aggressive to her."

Cannon says the warrant for Ferguson’s arrest was posted Thursday.

A second protester, Jamie Marsicano, learned moments before Friday’s press conference she had two outstanding warrants for her arrest for impeding traffic and disorderly conduct.

Both Ferguson and Marsicano turned themselves in as the group chanted, "We see you! We love you."

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Sarah Delia is a Senior Producer for Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.