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Graham man arrested at Saturday Patriot Party rally

A Graham man was arrested Saturday during a rally at Alamance County’s Historic Court House.

The sheriff’s office, which oversees the grounds of the courthouse, had granted a permit to the United Patriot Party of North Carolina to demonstrate from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

The group, while calling itself a “party,” is not yet recognized in North Carolina as an eligible political party; so far, voters may register only as Democrat, Republican, or Libertarian, or unaffiliated.

During the rally, one Patriot Party participant was observed by deputies crossing the street (beyond the permit area) to an adjacent corner and began engaging with a small group of counter-protesters.

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About two dozen demonstrators stood in front of the south side of the Historic Court House on Saturday, in support of the United Patriot Party of North Carolina.

Thomas Lee Jordan, white, male, 40, 2796 Ainsley Drive, Graham, took up a stance with fists raised, according to deputies, who proceeded to arrest Jordan for disorderly conduct.

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Thomas Lee Jordan

He was released after his booking on a promise to appear at a future court appearance on his charge.

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