Occupy Charlotte

Mug shots. We love them, don't we? Tell me you haven't gawked with glee at the unflattering police candid of a Hollywood starlet or fallen politician. Newspapers have whole sections of their websites dedicated to mug shots these days.

But mugging too much for a mug shot in Mecklenburg County can get you locked in a cell indefinitely.

I guess the first question is why someone would smile in a mug shot to begin with?

A small contingent of Occupy Charlotte protesters returned to the lawn of Old City Hall yesterday to commemorate the one year anniversary of their encampment. The city council banned camping on public property in January and evicted Occupiers who'd been living on the lawn for several months.

Last night about a dozen protesters set up two tents on the lawn as a symbol of their protest and were again evicted by police. Deborah Alexander was arrested.

Final March Of The DNC

Sep 7, 2012
Julie Rose

Once - and sometimes even twice - a day during the Democratic National Convention, protesters with the Occupy movement marched through Uptown Charlotte, calling on both political parties to rid themselves of corporate money and influence.

As President Obama prepared to accept his party's nomination last night, they marched one final time. . .

They start in Marshall Park as they have each of the last three days. Police on bikes wait around the corner, out-of-sight, then swarm into view as soon as the protesters step into the street.

Julie Rose

Some 800 protesters marched for more than three hours in scorching heat through Uptown Charlotte Sunday chanting for a variety of social and environmental reforms. It was a smaller turnout than organizers had hoped and easily controlled by hundreds of police officers. There were only two arrests.

The entire day was highly-choreographed by protesters and police.

City Undeterred In Enforcing Tent Ordinance

Aug 17, 2012

Charlotte police will continue to enforce the "No Camping" on city property ordinance, despite a judge's ruling Thursday that seems to leave some wiggle room.

Three Occupy Charlotte protesters were found "not guilty" of resisting arrest when police evicted their encampment in January. Mecklenburg County Judge John Totten determined the tent in which the protesters were arrested was not being used for "camping" as defined by the ordinance. The ordinance specifically outlaws use of tents for sleeping or storing personal belongings.

'Occupy' Protesters Acquitted

Aug 17, 2012

Three Occupy Charlotte protesters were acquitted Thursday of charges they resisted arrest during a police eviction of their encampment at old City Hall in January.

Mecklenburg County Judge John Totten ruled that Laura Brooks, Scottie Wingfield and Jason Dow were not in violation of a city ordinance that prohibits camping on city property, because the tent they were arrested in was not being used for sleeping or storing personal belongings.