DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) — Durham police in riot gear are confronting protesters near police headquarters downtown. The protest has been going on since mid-morning Friday after rumors began circulating of a KKK march.
*Police confront protesters
* Durham Mayor says protesters were reacting to rumors of a KKK march
* Sheriff urges people to remain calm
* Officials say avoid downtown – multiple streets blocked
* City says no protest permits have been issued
City and county officials said no permits for any march have been issued and are telling protesters to stay out of the street. Protesters have been falling back as police advance. One person was seen on camera being arrested.
Friday morning, at least two protest groups converged on each other outside of the Old Courthouse. ABC11’s crew on the scene saw several protesters armed with guns, axes and other weapons, but there was no violence.
Speaking live on ABC11, Durham Mayor Bill Bell said the protesters were reacting to rumors.
Also speaking live on ABC11, Sheriff Andrews urged people to remain calm and not overreact.
County officials sent some workers home and have told people to avoid the downtown area. Durham Police blocked off several streets in the area and multiple downtown businesses have closed. Traffic is a mess.