Some protesters in UNC pro-Palestinian rally face serious charges: Orange County DA

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Friday, May 3, 2024
Court records show names of 6 protesters arrested at UNC
Three of the six arrested protesters attend UNC.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- New court records uncovered by the ABC11 I-Team revealed the names of six people who were arrested Tuesday during a pro-Palestinian protest on UNC's campus.

The six arrested, including three UNC students, are facing the most serious charges.

Emi Abe-teh, Stephen Sandor, Gurnoor Majhail, and Tashia Ethridge were arrested and charged with resisting, obstructing and delaying law enforcement and trespassing. Jackson Prause and Owen Stone face those same charges in addition to assaulting a law enforcement officer.

"The six that are arrested, they were charged with more serious offenses, quite frankly. And so they were brought to the magistrate, but then they were released once they got the magistrate and the ones who were charged with less serious offenses were cited," said Orange County D.A. Jeff Nieman.

In total, 36 of the protesters were detained and thirty of them were cited for trespassing and released on-site. Ten of them were UNC-Chapel Hill students.

Further research uncovered that investigators accused Stone used a drum to hit an NC State police officer who was assisting with the arrest Tuesday morning.

The arrests happened on the quad at the University of North Carolina. The university said protesters who had been there for days began to violate university policy. Law enforcement asked the protesters to leave and gave them multiple warnings. Eventually, they moved in to clear protesters from the quad.

The ABC11 I-Team obtained UNC Chapel Hill's Dean's list records for Abe-teh, Sandor, and Prause.

Majhail and Ethridge are both named online as Duke students.

Neither university has responded to ABC11's request for more information.