Protesters Demanding Release Of 'Black Mamas' Chain Themselves To Jail Gate

Protesters chained themselves to the gateway of the Durham County Detention Center on Thursday.

Durham, NC – Protesters chained themselves to the gateway of a North Carolina detention center on Thursday and demanded that the facility release black people so they can be with their families for Mother’s Day.

The protest took place outside the Durham County Detention Center, after an “activist” group, Southerners On New Ground (SONG), posted bail for six women who were in jail pending trial, WNCN reported.

“On this day, we are bailing out Black mamas and caregivers because cannot afford bail and also to intervene on the malicious criminal legal system that targets and cages our loved ones,” the group said in a statement. “We have bailed out as many as we could and more Black mamas and caregivers went in.”

SONG boasted that it has reunited “dozens of Black families in Durham,” and demanded that city leaders abolish the cash bail system.

“We are chaining ourselves to the entrance of the Durham county jail,” SONG declared. “We call for the city and county of Durham to stop caging Black mothers and caregivers before Mother’s Day and end money bail and pre-trial detention.”

Using cables and locks, SONG organizers Serena Sebring and Kyla Hartfield chained themselves to the gate that officers use to bring prisoners in and out of the facility, The News & Observer reported.

Approximately 20 protesters stood outside with them, intermittently chanting and waving at inmates inside the facility.

“You let every black mama in that jail out, [and] we’ll unlock ourselves right now,” Sebring told a sheriff’s deputy at one point.

Protester Grace Nichols said that holding suspects in jail before they are convicted is an “unjust” practice, akin to “ransom,” WNCN reported.

"Folks are stuck in jails because they can't afford to get out, not because they've actually been convicted of a crime," Nichols said.

She said that the courts should do more to assess suspects’ needs – such as childcare or unreliable transportation to court – instead of focusing on the risks they pose to others, The News & Observer reported.

The protesters eventually unchained themselves after deciding they didn't want to be chained to the gate overnight.

Kayla ONeill Hartsfield, 25, and Serena Elysa Sebring Wadlington, 41, were charged Friday with public disturbance, second-degree trespass and failure to disperse, according to WRAL.

They did not have to pay cash bail, but were released on an unsecured $2,000 bond, which is a promise to pay if they fail to appear in court.

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Sailor
Sailor

Underwhelmed by these entitled fools.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Look, if you want to make a statement, be like the tree huggers who climb to the top of a tree to prevent it from being cut down. They'll stay up there to the point of almost dying. Giving up because you have to take a piss or you're hungry sounds like you are not fully committed. Friggin morons must be part of @Hi_estComnDenomn family.

Ryerver
Ryerver

They should focus on the criminals needs not the risk they pose to others while they await trial. I say let them out on the condition they have to reside with these snowflakes

trainbuff
trainbuff

That's actually a pretty good look for them! In the old days, we knew how to protest, these kids don't know anything!

Protest until it gets a little dark outside and then decides you don't want to be out there all night. That's dedication to your cause! Morons!

They're criminals! That's why they're in jail! Let's not forget what happened the last time a group of bleeding heart liberals such as yourselves started bailing out black people; he went and beat his wife to death.

The system may not be perfect, but you take advantage of it more than anyone.

AbbiRN
AbbiRN

As I posted yesterday, The Sheriff and the DA in New Hanover County( NC), allowed and encouraged the bailout of Black Mommas. Whites need not apply. Very little local media coverage . Sad to say our democrat NC governor has made us a sanctuary state in more ways than one.

Saints
Saints

Criminals don't stop even knowing if they get caught they will have to pay.. imagine if there's no consequences for committing crime, there wouldn't be an end to the craziness.. please stop with all this bullshit, best thing to do is ask/demand this mamas to stop committing crimes and stay out of trouble stop blaming anyone else for your stupidity criminal activity....

gvinny67
gvinny67

Let's see, my mama and daddy taught me not to break the law if I wanted to be where I want to be, when I want to be!

It's a novel concept that these folks obviously never heard of!

Maybe criminals should think about their possible incurred expenses for their career choice?! Say, keep $2 G's on hand aft all given times for bail money!?

Or, better yet, DON'T BREAK THE LAW!!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Folks are stuck in jails because they can't afford to get out, not because they've actually been convicted of a crime," Nichols said.

No ,of course not.

After reading a myriad of these types of stories involving the black community I cannot fathom the amount of combined arrogance, ignorance, entitlement, refusal to accept personal responsibility , and a realization that if they just didn't commit the crime there wouldn't be anywhere near as many problems in their own community. No groups are perfect and completely law abiding but why do other communities tend to "get it" and they don't ?

Baxter12
Baxter12

What example are they trying to put across here that the “inmates” did no wrong and should not be punished for their crimes which is absurd? Everyone out there in today’s society needs to understand to pull your head out of your ass, if you do a crime you will be punished, you will be fined, you will be sentenced, this is the LAW!!!!! These two look like complete idiots standing and should be arrested for obstructing federal property, destruction to federal property and whatever else they can throw the book at them! I doubt very seriously that they had “authorization” to be there in the first place........put them in jail.....CASH BOND ONLY!!!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Take a chainsaw to the pipes over their arms. That will teach them. and besides, maybe black baby mamas should be havin’ no fiver different baby daddies who ain’t be there for them

Gramercy
Gramercy

I would have to ask...who is watching their children? And, I have to side with the legal system...individuals are put in jail for reasons...no bail money? so sorry. That is YOUR loss. And yes, courts SHOULD focus on the risk that inmates pose to others...that is one of the main reasons for incarceration...and I, for one, appreciate those that pose risks being timely jailed.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Man I can't until Father's Day!!!!!!!! Should be a hoot!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

If white women did this to demand that "white mamas" be released, There would be a big uproar and they would be branded racists.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

So release them because they're black, not based on whether they're a threat to others. Because they're black, and they've managed to reproduce. Don't want to be in jail on Mother's Day? Don't do things that get you arrested. Pretty simple.

Snooper
Snooper

This is complete BS. These black mammas should have not committed the crimes that got them in detention in the first place!

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

What about your birthday, xmas, ect...Its PRISON Stupid...

America1st
America1st

Just in the name of “Black Mama”, set them free!!! I’m sorry but I guess we REALLY do have some absolutely stupid people in this country and it’s spreading quickly.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Perhaps they should have been handcuffed to the gate and left there.....

Ande24392
Ande24392

That's a sexy pose the woman in green tights and yellow top with her legs spread while laying on the ground...nice

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

Just more of the ignorance and feelings of entitlement these groups keep displaying. They keep getting press coverage for what reason? Because there are black women in jail that are criminals they should be released for Mother's Day? There's something incredibly wrong in our country and we must continue to show them it won't be tolerated.

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Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Failure to evolve. 500 years isn't enough.

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

My wife worked as a correctional nurse at both the state and county prisons and the "mommas" had plenty of visitors on Mother's day and other visitation days...

If celebrating Mother's Day with their "families" is so important... Don't do the crimes !

"Read the book, people !"

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"The protesters eventually unchained themselves after deciding they didn't want to be chained to the gate overnight."..................................since the temperature started dropping, the cameras had all gone home and apparently not wanting to miss even just one super sized McD meal and tonight's episode of Empire and The Real Housewives of Atlanta.. ..but otherwise they were really, really committed to their cause.

CJ Spencert
CJ Spencert

There's an easy solution to this. Both these she-beasts are cuffed inside pipe leaving both hands incapacitated. I suggest a coffee can or two of cockroaches, fire ants and a spider or three be placed at each of their feet. They'll be screaming to be freed inside 10 minutes.

alicefae
alicefae

Too funny ! I hope the jail just went on lockdown. Let the idiot stand out there as long as they want. While on lockdown, the “ black mamas”, are getting loaf to eat, confined to the cell, no tv..... nada.