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Charlotte newspaper reporter released after arrest

RALEIGH (AP) — A Charlotte Observer reporter has been released after he was arrested while covering a protest at the North Carolina General Assembly.
The newspaper reported that religion reporter Tim Funk was released around 11 p.m. Monday.
Funk had been arrested Monday as a crowd of about 80 people was demonstrating and peacefully surrendering to police for arrest in Raleigh.
General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver said Funk did not respond to a final warning to disperse that was issued before officers began arresting protesters at the Legislative Building.
Observer Managing Editor Cheryl Carpenter said Funk was wearing media identification and was there to do his job as a news reporter. He was covering Charlotte clergy taking part in the protest.
He was charged with trespassing and failure to disperse.

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