Although the Orange County Courthouse was quiet, it was unusually full for a first court appearance — a time when people are formally presented with charges and given future court dates. Nearly 20 protesters crowded the courtroom, wearing buttons in support of the protesters involved in the toppling of Silent Sam on Aug. 20.
Three protesters from both sides of the Silent Sam debate — Raul Arce Jimenez, 27, Danielle Shochet, 47, and Barry Brown, 40 — were presented with charges for actions allegedly taken either during or in the days following the forced removal of Silent Sam.
The following charges and court dates were set for the protesters:
- Raul Arce Jimenez was charged with public disturbance and defacing, writing on, marking or injuring a public statue or monument and is set to appear in court on Oct. 9.
- Danielle Shochet was charged with simple assault and is set to appear in court on Sept. 20.
- Barry Brown was charged with simple affray — a disturbance caused by fighting between two or more persons in a public place — and is set to appear in court on Sept. 24.
The only person charged for the act of toppling the statue was Jimenez, who previously faced charges for the toppling of a Confederate monument in Durham last year.
Jimenez declined to say whether he was involved with pulling down Silent Sam. He said he did not know if Silent Sam’s collapse was planned.