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7 charged with violating stay-at-home order after protesting at Greensboro abortion clinic

Three of the individuals were already charged for protesting outside the clinic in Greensboro on Saturday.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police charged seven people for violating stay-at-home orders on Monday. Three of the individuals were previously charged for violating the order on Saturday. 

Police said the seven individuals were protesting outside A Woman's Choice clinic on Randleman Road on Monday, March 30. Greensboro police officers tried to gain voluntary compliance before charging the protestors with violation of Guilford County's stay-at-home order and resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. 

Police said Jason Oesterreich, Justin Reeder, and Isaiah Burner were charged for a second time. Andre Gonzalez, 42, of Mooresville, Richard Whittier, 46, of Mint Hill, Leroy Stokes Jr., 58, of Greensboro, and John Mcatee, 56, of Mint Hill were charged as well.

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Police said the individuals arrested are part of a group that was contacted by police prior to their arrival on Saturday. Police informed the group that their presence at the Greensboro clinic would be considered non-essential activity and they would be subject to citation or arrest. 

According to police, the intent of the stay-at-home order is to curb the public health crisis in our community. While violators of the order can be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor, it is the mission of the Greensboro Police Department to gain voluntary compliance from all people and businesses. 

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