GRAHAM, N.C. - Two groups of protesters lined opposite sides of the street around the confederate monument at the Graham Courthouse for hours Saturday night.
The protesters were on scene since about 10 Saturday night. On one side was a group of about 60 people supporting the monument. On the other side was about 30 people who oppose the monument. Police and deputies stood in between. Tensions were high on both sides and the stare down lasted several hours, but people finally dispersed after midnight. Neither group wanted to give in and leave first, but law enforcement were able to convince both sides to leave at the same time in peace.
WFMY News 2 learned one man with the group supporting the statue was escorted away in handcuffs, charged with disorderly conduct for "mouthing off".
The Alamance County Sheriff told WFMY News 2 that the situation was peaceful and under control. But he had neighboring agencies on alert in case they needed backup.