Judge allows NAACP protest on Capitol grounds

Dec. 23, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

A judge has granted permission to the NAACP to rally at the State Capitol to continue its series of protests against policies approved by the Republican-led North Carolina legislature.

The state NAACP chapter and allied groups planned a Monday rally in the latest round of protests that led to the arrest of hundreds of protesters. They're trying to pressure Gov. Pat McCrory to convene a special session on Medicaid and unemployment benefits.

Judge Allen Baddour questioned why the permit application asked what a group plans to do on the Capitol grounds, saying it suggests that the state's decision would be based on what type of activity is planned.

Special Deputy Attorney General Don Teeter said officials only want to know if extra police or fire protection will be needed.