— Two people arrested during protests over the Silent Sam statue made a brief first appearance in court Monday.
The Confederate statue, which stands at UNC-Chapel Hill, was toppled during protests on Aug. 20. There were more demonstrations on Saturday, and police say a total of 11 people have been arrested for protesting at the former site of the statue.
Danielle Shochet and Barry Brown were charged with simple assault, John Quick was charged with assault, Kristin Emory was charged with resisting arrest, Alexander Joustra and Lillian Laura Price were charged with injury and damage to property and Thomas Bruefach was charged with causing a public disturbance.
On Monday, Quick told WRAL News that he wouldn‘t change any of his actions after he was caught on camera blocking the path of a man carrying a Confederate flag. He said he was also in Charlottesville for the protests there.
Price declined comment after appearing in court.
Jonathan Fitzgerald Fuller, 27, Lauren Aucoin, 23, and Raul Arce Jimenez, 27, were all charged with misdemeanor rioting and misdemeanor defacing a public monument. UNC police said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible.
One other person was arrested during the Aug. 20 Silent Sam protest and charged with resisting arrest and concealing one‘s face during a public rally. On Monday, Jonathan Quick and Lillian Price appeared briefly in court.
According to UNC officials, none of the people charged in the protests were students or are affiliated with the university.
UNC Chancellor Carol Folt said campus leaders didn‘t anticipate the vandalism, and that the school would conduct a complete investigation. She called the actions of the protesters “unlawful and dangerous.”
“Whatever anyone feels about the Confederate monument, what happened Monday night was destruction of state property,” she said.