Charlotte Proposes Cracking Down On DNC Protesters

North Carolina's largest city is hearing from the public on new ideas by Charlotte police and city attorneys to limit protesters during this year's Democratic National Convention.

Charlotte officials hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinances Monday.

The new convention-related ordinances crack down on protestors and ban camping on city property. Charlotte officials are worried about violence during the four-day convention.

The rules are modeled after a ban in Denver imposed the 2008 Democratic convention.

The American Civil Liberties Union worries the rules would give police too much power. The ACLU is specifically worried about banning a number of items during the convention, including backpacks and duffle bags if police think they are being used to conceal weapons or other prohibited items.


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  • by Hilary Location: Washington on Jan 9, 2012 at 08:56 PM
    NEW YORK (AP) — During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 Million Dollars in police overtime and other municipal services in American towns and cities according to a survey by The Associated Press. The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps. And the steepest costs by far piled up in New York City and Oakland, Calif., where police clashed with protesters on several occasions.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jan 9, 2012 at 05:51 PM
    Gov Bev is a coward let the Hussein loving Occupy Wall St. protesters & DNC protest and camp out and destroy public property in Charlotte , cause madness & mayham , commit every crime known to mankind , fill up our jails , let the police make tons of money on union overtime , lets Judges hand out money $$$$$ fines like a restaurant menu go and protest. How many cities and towns did they destroy last year 100's! Democrat Gov Bev please let them protest. LOL
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      by Lavon on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:17 PM in reply to Wolfgang
      What towns and cities did they destroy? I want names and exactly what they did
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        by Luke on Jan 9, 2012 at 08:50 PM in reply to Lavon
        Lavon Just '1' city The cost to the city of Portland estimated $750,000 dollars so far for police overtime and damage because of Occupy Wall St. protesters. Don't be stupid Lavon take a computer course to know how to use it and get the facts
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          by Lavon on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:47 AM in reply to Luke
          The poster said 100's were destroyed now how come you or him can't tell me which one's? Portland was not destroyed! The point im trying to make is why do you people get up here and just mke stuff up? Just tell right out blatent lies to try and support your argument. You must be some kin to Mitt Romney because he seems to be nothing but a BIG LIAR also.
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        by Otis on Jan 9, 2012 at 09:06 PM in reply to Lavon
        Lavon you should learn how to read the news?
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          by Lavon on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:51 AM in reply to Otis
          Hey Otis I read the News. I've googled but still can't find where the protesters have destroyed 100's of cities. Since you have so much sense then maybe you can't answer my question. What are the 100's of cities that the protesters destroyed? Are you going to be like the other liars up here also and let your mouth write a check that your facts can't cash?......Like I thought, case closed..
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 10, 2012 at 05:28 AM in reply to Otis
          Lavon, did your mommy finally show you how to use google?
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          by Anon on Jan 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM in reply to Otis
          @ Lavon - Case closed? Only in your dreams. If you knew how to google and actually comprehend what you are reading you would know that OWS has adversely affected 100's of cities across the nation and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. You can say the "cities" were not destroyed if you wish but to say that the republicans lie on this site and you don't is the biggest lie of them all. You never did respond to my comment this morning on another article so I will tell you again. I would rather be a "right wingnut" carrying a flag in one hand and a bible in the other than a "left wingnut" carrying a welfare check in one hand and a burned copy of the constitution in the other. At least the so called "right wingnuts" are patriotic and god fearing, you on the other hand are just a poor excuse of a human being.
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        by Frank Sinatra on Jan 9, 2012 at 11:05 PM in reply to Lavon
        Lavon...back in the day that is what was called being schooled rofl lol lmao
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:21 PM
    Comrades, We must stiffle all dissent by any means necessary. Arrest them, search their Facebook and online posts and then investigate them. Do whatever it takes to stop all action against the Annointed One who knows more than all the peasants. Remember when this only happended in the Soviet block, China, North Korea, and Cuba? Here's the change we got in 2008 - Protesting Capitalism = Good! Protesting tyranny and governmental control of your life = Bad!
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Jan 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    I'll be in the house, can't wait to celebrate beating the Republicans again like we did in 2008
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      by LOL on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM in reply to Lavon
      You will be all alone Lavon, except maybe Barlow, because Obama is not going to win, even if Perry in the nominee, LOL!!
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:24 PM in reply to LOL
        Don't worry about those two, Daly, Obimbo chief of staff resigned after the "Obimbo" hit an iceberg....both are chained to a pipe in the engine room screaming like little girls with spiders on their shoes....
  • by Brian Location: MB on Jan 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    The government should not infringe on the rights of citizens to protest. That is after all what made this country. We may disagree with what the protesters say, however they have the right to say it. I will stand up for this right.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM in reply to Brian
      Jokes asside, I agree, they should have the right to demonstrate, hey, look at the RNC primaries, you hear them all the time yet the RNC didn't shut them out until they get unrully. I have no heard that any republican has prevented them from getting into any campaign speeches.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Jan 9, 2012 at 10:33 AM
    If you live in N.C. this could be a money maker event for our state. Vote as you wish in November, I hope the convention goes smoothly and brings in a lot of money.
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      by Sad But True on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM in reply to Stan
      DNC has already hired union workers from outside NC so NO, NC will not bring in a lot of money.
  • by Biker Dude on Jan 9, 2012 at 09:50 AM
    When the democrats are so bad that they make the ACLU look like freedom fighters were in serious trouble. I predict Obama will be re-elected for another term the economy will get worse and far more of your rights will be taken o away. This country is the product of a plan by globalists to take total control of your life. Wake up America!
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      by Lavon on Jan 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM in reply to Biker Dude
      You said more of your rights? Which rights have been taken away? Please answer because I need to know because none of my rights have been taken away since Obama has been President
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        by One Big One on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to Lavon
        I am not Biker Dude but I will give you one big example: The right to not buy health insurance if you can't afford it or just choose not to. If (and that is a BIG if) Obamacare passes and he is reelected you will have one more person on the welfare lines because I refuse continue to struggle to get by so that someone else can tell me where I have to spend my money!! I have no worries though because Obamacare will get shot down by the courts and shortly thereafter the american people will fire Obama. Biggest american problems solved and then it will be on to fixing Obama's messes!!!
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          by Lavon on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:31 PM in reply to One Big One
          You don't have the right to refuse insurance? What world are you living on because the last time I checked there is no Obama care. Also do you realize that thee's many corporations that you cannot work for unless you get on their Insurance plan? One more thing, how about show me where your claim of you have no right to turn down Health Insurance under the Affordable HeathCare act. Show me where it says that. Im waiting for your answer
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        by Back on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:13 PM in reply to Lavon
        OK mouth, he answered your question and gave you a prime factual example. One would think you'd be tired of eating crow on this board. You must like the taste.
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:28 PM in reply to Back
          Don't worry, Lavon will not respond like always and when he does, its a bigoted answer by a bigot. He doesn't care about the poor and middle class.....he is one of the entitlement kids with a government job. He/She, only posts that bile to save his job as a pond tadpole counter.
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          by Lavon on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:32 PM in reply to Back
          Back. Actually I like the taste of Obama's victory. Tell me how do you like the taste from me being able to shove it down your throat for four years. LOL!!
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        by Joe on Jan 9, 2012 at 05:35 PM in reply to Lavon
        Don't forget this one. It's now legal for Bubba to molest your grandmother at the airport now.
  • by Can't make it up on Jan 9, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    Here's a little tid bit of info for you democratic voters. In Obama's home state of Illinois, as of January 1, 2012, you need to provide a government issued photo ID to buy drain cleaner. Now who do you think will be effected by this the most, the poor or the wealthy who can afford to call a plumber when they have a stopped up drain or toilet? You people scream when the republicans want to make laws that will do nothing but strengthen our voting system, yet we hear nothing from the liberal media when a stupid law like this is passed. You just can't make this stuff up, democrats in their glory, government issued photo id to buy drain cleaner, LOL!!!!
  • by Enc Location: Coast on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:34 AM
    Ban the aclu
  • by Truth on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:10 AM
    To see the truth about Obama's Muslim heritage and faith click on this link, if you still believe he is a great american leader them god help us all!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSWSzY#t=28
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