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On April 14, 2020, Capitol Police Officer Derick Proctor arrested 51-year-old Monica Ussery in a parking lot near the General Assembly. She was accused of violating Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order 121 and its “social distancing” requirements regarding staying 6 feet away from other people. What happened to Monica Ussery is an example of unfair treatment and an unjust use of power by the North Carolina government.
The ReOpen NC Protest: A Peaceful Demonstration for Change
Monica Ussery was attending the first ReOpen NC protest at the time of her arrest. This event was held in a peaceful manner as protesters voiced their opinions about Governor Cooper’s executive order, which closed many businesses in North Carolina in response to COVID-19. Protesters wanted to demonstrate that small businesses should be allowed to reopen with proper safety protocols in place so that they could provide for their families and employees. They felt that closing all nonessential businesses went too far, and they wanted their voices to be heard in a respectful way.
The Arrest and Aftermath
It’s unclear why they decided to arrest Ms. Ussery during this peaceful protest while allowing other protesters to stay without consequence. In addition, it is worth noting that no criminal charges have been filed against Ms. Ussery, who believes she did nothing wrong and was exercising her right to peacefully protest the governor’s executive order. This lack of charges highlights the injustice of her arrest and raises serious questions about how North Carolina treats its citizens when it comes to dissenting opinions on policy matters such as this one.
The Need for Fair Treatment Across All Citizens
This incident has highlighted the need for fair treatment across all citizens regardless of political opinion or background, especially since those who are charged with upholding justice may not always do so fairly or equitably. It is important that we voice our dissent when we see injustices happening around us—just as Ms. Ussery did—so that we can ensure our rights are protected in times like these when civil liberties may be at risk due to pandemic restrictions put into place by state governments like North Carolina’s. We cannot allow our rights to be taken away from us without speaking up against it – whether through protests or through other legal means if necessary – because only then can we protect our civil liberties for future generations as well as ourselves today!
Monica Ussery’s story is a reminder that we must remain vigilant against any potential abuses of power from government officials who may not act fairly towards those with whom they disagree politically or ideologically. This case highlights the need for conservatives to prepare for physical and digital repercussions and have a plan in place as well as the need for continued support for those who are subjected to this sort of oppression.