RALEIGH (AP) — All charges have been dropped against a newspaper reporter arrested while covering a Moral Monday protest at the North Carolina legislature.
The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that charges against religion reporter Tim Funk were dismissed by Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby.
The 58-year-old newsman was arrested June 10 as he attempted to interview clergy members protesting the policies of the Republican lawmakers who control the legislature. Funk was arrested and handcuffed on misdemeanor charges of second-degree trespassing and failure to disperse.
Funk said he thought the dismissal was correct because he was arrested while doing his job, being the eyes and ears of the public.
More than 930 people were arrested during the weekly protests. Willoughby did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the remaining cases.