Former North Carolina State Senate candidate Ty Turner was arrested on Monday night.
Turner, who is also a LGBT activist, was detained for violating a Charlotte ordinance that states:
“It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, deposit, place or distribute any handbills, advertisements, cards, circulars, leaflets, folders, banners, letters, magazines or pamphlets in or upon private property, except by: (i) handing the material to the occupant; (ii) placing or depositing such material behind the outer door; (iii) securely attaching the material to the doorknob or door handle; or (iv) placing the material on the porch or stoop, provided that it shall be wrapped, bound or lock-folded in such a manner so as to prevent the material from being blown or scattered. This subsection shall not apply to the distribution of the United States mail or to newspapers.”
Turner was attending a “Moral’s Monday” protest at Charlotte’s Marshall Park. In an interview with ThinkProgress.com Turner said, “I asked [the policeman] for the ordinance number [being violated], because they can’t put handcuffs on you if they cannot tell you why they’re detaining you. I said, ‘Show me where it’s illegal to do this.’ But he would not do it. The officer got mad and grabbed me. Then he told me that I was resisting arrest!”
For those of you unfamiliar with “Moral’s Monday,” it is a protest that occurs every Monday since April 29. The demonstration began following the approval of the North Carolina’s Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), scheduled to take effect Jan. 16, 2016. The act requires a state-issued photo ID for in-person voting. Under VIVA more than 300,000 registered voters, who do not have a state-issued photo ID, will be affected. In addition, those whose name does not coincide with their voter registration card and state ID will also be affected.