The Tillisberger police arrest more people

The Capitol Police undoubtedly believe they're fighting a losing battle. They spend their days in court to get random rulings of convictions or acquittal for people they arrested last year. They probably would like to just do their job and keep people in and around the State Capitol safe.

But Tillisberger keeps telling them to arrest people. Most recently, they passed new rules intended to infringe on people's First Amendment rights. Despite the fact that a judge issued a restraining order saying the new rules can't be enforced, Tillisberger told their enforcers to arrest people again.

Phil really hates music. Except for his violin solo played while North Carolina burns.


Capitol police officers

should revolt and tell Tillisberger that they're not going to be their hired goons any more; instead, they're going to do the jobs they're sworn to do as peace officers.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014


I think it is important to clarify that there is a difference between the General Assembly Police and the State Capitol Police. The General Assembly Police are a division of the General Assembly and have jurisdiction over the Legislative Building and the Legislative Office Building. The State Capitol Police is a division of the Department of Public Safety in the Executive Branch. They have jurisdiction over all state building, including the State Capitol Building, in Wake County.

Its also important to note that there are no reports of anyone being arrested under the new building rules, which violation of is a class 1 misdemeanor. The arrests for the Tillis sit in and tonight were for Second Degree Trespassing, a class 3 misdemeanor.


Does that mean that there are at least two agencies with law enforcement responsibility in the Jones Street House of Pain?

Perhaps "arrest" isn't technically correct. I doubt that the 19 people who were cited, cuffed with plastic handcuffs and hauled away note a tremendous difference. And the idea of trespassing on one's own property is silly.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

The GA Police have primary

The GA Police have primary jurisdiction over the Jones Street House of Pain, but they are a fairly small agency. For a big protest I think they have to contract with other agencies, like Raleigh PD and the State Capitol Police, for more manpower.

Also, no one has been arrested or cited for violation of the building rules. From everything I can see, the new rules have never been criminally enforced.

I would also be careful about trying to construe "public property" as "one's own property." Ownership is usually defined by having the right to sell property. I would hate to see someone try to sell the state capitol because it is the people's property and he is one of the people. Also, if I can't be trespassed from public property because it is my property, I then have an argument for being able to carry a weapon on "my property." I know these seemed far-fetched, but what I'm trying to say is that the current law likely doesn't support the "public property is my property" argument and they would have to make some key changes in statute to reflect it. I'm sure the goons on Jones would be up for it.