Charlotte Police Break Up Tent City, Make 7 Arrests

Seven people were arrested as officers broke up the Occupy Charlotte tent city, across the street from police headquarters.

Those arrested Monday faced misdemeanor charges of resist, obstruct and delay. The action took about an hour.

Some activists were angry and shouted: "Evict us and we'll multiply" as police officers searched more than 20 remaining tents.

The move by Charlotte-Mecklenberg police came one week after a city ordinance was adopted restricting political demonstrations ahead of this year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

The new rules approved by Charlotte City Council give police more power to stop and search people when the convention comes to town in September.

But a major part of the ordinance outlaws camping overnight on city property.

Police Chief Rodney Monroe had warned Occupy Charlotte that the city would take action Monday -- the day the ordinance took effect.


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  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 31, 2012 at 03:12 PM
    I just thought of a new term for these 'sit-ins'; 'Squat-Ins'. Not heard of one shred of good, positive changes coming from these nasty little picnics.
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      by - on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:16 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      Their constitutional right to peacefully assemble.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 31, 2012 at 03:10 PM
    Tent cities are nasty. They shouldn't be allowed to PROTEST more than two days without leaving. These 'tent cities' amount to nothing more than freeloading on public property, for which none of the 'squatters' pays one red cent of rent/property taxes/trash pickup, etc... Make your little statements, and GO HOME. BTW, take your trash with you.
  • by Jimmy on Jan 31, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    Bottom line, Money is more powerful than your votes or protests. If you aren't lobbying your political view points like the rich who actually care to see their views enacted then you aren't accomplishing anything. Wake up, get organized, and develop a real strategy that will obtain influence/power and actually have a focus. The 1% being protested don't care if you protest in the street, they don't take you seriously. If you want to be heard and respected, you will need to develop your own organization to do it and it must generate revenue.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Jan 31, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    Well, Obama wanted this hope and change along with the other democrats so this is what you get; You’ve played by the rules. Worked hard to put yourself through school. You’ve gotten a decent job and you pay your taxes. You’re faithfully paying down your mortgage and saving money in a 401(k) – all to secure your finances and your future. But now there are a lot more “takers” than “makers” in this country – and the impact is systemic and long-lasting. A prevalent new “moocher culture” is changing the character of this nation – that’s the core message of A Nation of Moochers: America’s Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing, a new book by Charles J. Sykes, senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute and the author of six previous books. “This has been the flash point in American politics for the last several years,” Sykes toldThe Fiscal Times in an interview this week. “In the wake of the Great Recession, we’ve shifted from a culture of celebrating and encouraging those who are productive and hardworking, to a culture where handouts, bailouts, freebies and entitlements dominate. You start to wonder, Why am I paying the freight for those who have been reckless and irresponsible, whether it’s on Wall Street or in Washington or anywhere else in the community? I think we’re becoming a very different nation.”
  • by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 at 05:33 AM
    Is this occupy nonsense not over yet? I cannot believe these losers are still doing this!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:24 PM
    Barrack Obama should be arrested for inciting mayhem with his class warfare rhetoric. We need a uniter not a divider.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 at 05:11 AM in reply to
      That is all part of his master plan, divide and concur. The more the mayhem the better the chance he will declare martial law and not allow the elections to be held, so he can become dictator.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 at 06:06 AM in reply to
      You should be arrested for being incompetent! The sad part of our society is that ignorant people like you out weigh the voting of people who think normally and rationally.
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        by Donna on Jan 31, 2012 at 07:13 AM in reply to
        How can this be normal & rational? There are much better ways of getting things done without breaking laws & creating chaos.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 at 08:40 AM in reply to
        It's no worse that those who believe that 9/11 was an inside job. And you can't arrest someone becaus you think they are incompetent. If that was true, then most (if not all) of our leaders in Washington DC would be arrested. (1005 days without a Senate budget bill is proof enough.)
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM
    What do these people think they are proving? These must be the ones that didn't get to go to Woodstock.
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      by B on Jan 31, 2012 at 07:25 AM in reply to Shine
      Maybe they can all move into that new homeless complex Charlotte is opening up.
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