Pittsboro, NC – On Saturday, October 26, authorities made two arrests during a demonstration on Sanford Road in Pittsboro. Law enforcement officers were monitoring a peaceful protest until mid-afternoon when two men engaged in a physical altercation.
Calvin James Megginson, 29, of Pittsboro, and Timothy James Osborn, 24, of Carrboro, were each arrested for inciting a riot and affray.
Both were released on a written promise to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on November 13, 2019.
“We respect every resident’s right to peacefully assemble in nonviolent protest or support of their beliefs. However, unlawful or violent behavior will not be tolerated,” says Sheriff’s Office Chief Charles Gardner.
“The safety of the public remains our number one concern,” adds Captain Chris Cooper. “We encourage all members of the public to treat each other with respect and refrain from aggressive conduct toward one another.”
People for and against confederate monuments gathered near Horton Middle School to protest the possible removal of the Confederate memorial statue from in front of the historic Chatham County courthouse. Calvin Megginson and Tim Osborn both support the removal of the confederate memorial.