I40 blocked closed twice by protester bullies aided and abetted in illegal act by City of Greensboro, Letter to NC governor Cooper after police and city manager contact
“Despite First Amendment rights, one is not allowed to cry “fire” in a crowded theatre. Worse yet in potential danger, One is not allowed to block an interstate highway.”...Citizen Wells quoting NC law
“We live up and down the interstates, you know, up and I-40, from Raleigh towards Greensboro down towards Charlotte with 85 and then up and down, say, 77,” …Lt. Col. Rodney Newton, NC National Guard
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions”...Karl Marx quoting Martin Luther
A section of I40, Interstate 40, in Greensboro, NC, for the second time in 8 days, was closed by the Greensboro Police after protester bullies occupied it for their own agenda in spite of it being illegal and dangerous to the general public.
“§ 136-90. Obstructing highways and roads misdemeanor.
If any person shall willfully alter, change or obstruct any highway, cartway, mill road or road leading to and from any church or other place of public worship, whether the right-of-way thereto be secured in the manner provided for by law or by purchase, donation or otherwise, such person shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. “
After the first I40 criminal act, I attempted to visit the Greensboro Police Dept. and found that it was closed.
I was very displeased.
Yesterday, after the second criminal act, the police lobby was open and I voiced my concerns and left my contact info. The lady who helped me had helped me in the past and was very courteous.
In Greensboro, the police are under the control of the City Manager’s Office.
I called them next attempting to find out who made the decisions to close I40.
Once again a very nice and helpful lady answered and told me she would pass along my info to the city manager and the mayor.
I indicated to all parties that I would probably contact the governor’s office.
Below is the letter I sent via email to Governor Roy Cooper:
“I know you are busy
I have many concerns regarding the recent protests, lootings & riots & the govt response.
I am writing about what I consider the more troubling events, “showstoppers” that happened in Greensboro over the past 2 weekends.
As you are aware, the interstates were developed by President Eisenhour in the 50’s after he witnessed the difficulty in moving troops & equipment.
They have obviously evolved into much more than that.
Especially in cities like Greensboro where I40 for example is used to get from one side of a large geographic area to another & especially when emergency vehicles try to get to accident victims & get them rapidly to hospitals.
Recently you made the National Guard available.
This could involve their need to travel I40 in an emergency.
The past 2 weekends the City of Greensboro has aided and abetted “protestors” in blocking I40.
This is not only a misdemeanor but a crime against humanity by the so called “protestors” who are functioning as bullies.
Next consider the inappropriate attitude of the Greensboro Police as reported in the media:
“Police ask motorists to find an alternate route”
In other words, the protestors are the priority & you are on your own.
I tried to visit the police dept. last Monday & it was closed. I went by yesterday & voiced my concerns & left my contact info.
I then called the City Mgrs. office & a nice lady took my info & said it would be passed along to the mgr & mayor.
I am giving you a heads up on the situation & a no confidence vote.
Apparently the City of Greensboro does not have this situation under control & they are not protecting overall society.
I suppose that the city has to formally request the intervention of the National Guard.
If there is a legal avenue for the citizenry to do so please inform.
Since minimally the city is breaking state law & their responsibility to police I40, perhaps your office or that of the Attorney General could remind them.
Thank you for your consideration.
Governor Cooper activated the NC National Guard and made them available to NC municipalities.
“Communities across the country have been the site of protests since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while being arrested by police. Cooper says state resources, including the National Guard, have been directed to help cities as needed.”
From the NC National Guard.
“Raleigh N.C., June 3, 2020. Approximately 450 Guardsmen have been mobilized due to civil unrest. The Guard will support local authorities and help safeguard the lives and property of North Carolinians and the ability for individuals to exercise their rights to peaceful protest. ”