Charlotte offers a preview of security during the Democratic National Convention

This week’s meeting of Bank of America shareholders in Charlotte, N.C., will enjoy the same protection that will be granted to Democrats when they gather to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term in September. Consider it a dry run.

From the Huffington Post:

Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton said Monday that citizens would be banned from carrying a host of commonplace items, including bicycle helmets, padlocks and permanent markers, along with weapons, mace, pepper spray and pipe.

The rules also ban any animals that are not part of an official parade or working as service animals during the protest. Since violation of the ban within a designated protest area would be considered grounds for arrest, local citizens could be jailed for simply walking their dogs on May 9.

Anyone carrying a backpack or a briefcase with the intent to hide any prohibited items can also be searched or arrested, as can anyone wearing a scarf or a mask with the intent to hide her identity.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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14 comments Add your comment

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 7th, 2012
3:32 pm

I would make a crack about rights and the south but then I remember Rahm Emanuel, Bloomberg and Oakland…even Portland.

Peaceful protest is perfectly acceptable as long as you get a permit that they like and don’t actually do any protesting.

procreator

May 7th, 2012
3:37 pm

how ’bout a free weed zone.

ByteMe

May 7th, 2012
3:47 pm

BofA’s shareholders are looking at their company going down the tubes in a blizzard of lawsuits over what Countrywide did. The protection seems appropriate, but ironic.

Auntie Christ

May 7th, 2012
4:04 pm

“Anyone carrying a backpack or a briefcase with the intent to hide any prohibited items can also be searched or arrested, ”

And exactly how does one determine if someone carrying a briefcase or back pack is intending to hide prohibited items, and thus subject to being searched? Are they implementing an honor system wherein the bad guys will volunteer this information? In other words, everyone’s briefcase, back pack and shopping bag are going to be searched.

Marlboro Man

May 7th, 2012
4:07 pm

Scared people.

Aisle 9

May 7th, 2012
4:15 pm

Free cavity checks….

Don't Tread

May 7th, 2012
4:39 pm

Why don’t they just hire the Chinese Army for security? Charlotte’s going to seem a lot like Beijing for a while. You don’t have “rights” when the government can suspend them at will, such as for walking your dog or wearing a bicycle helmet.

This is the kind of country they would have us live in if we vote for enough of them. Democrats really don’t care about individual rights.

Attack Dog

May 7th, 2012
5:40 pm

OK. I give up. What party pushed through for stripping habeas corpus, the Patriot Act, warrantless eavesdropping, extraordinary rendition, lifting ban on automatic assault weapons, illogical “stand your ground,” or the less-mentioned Florida gun-law gag order. We won’t even go into civil or gender rights. Let’s see what happens with Rights in Tampa if a law abiding proclaimed New Black Panther walks around downtown with an AK-47.

Don't Tread

May 7th, 2012
6:04 pm

“Let’s see what happens with Rights in Tampa if a law abiding proclaimed New Black Panther walks around downtown with an AK-47.”

We’ll also be seeing what happens when a unicorn with a platoon of leprechauns on its back leads a parade through downtown.

Attack Dog

May 7th, 2012
6:26 pm

Sorry that no one has answered the qquestion. Besides, leprechauns would be considered a real illegal aliens and unicorns would be shot for their horn. Since Dixiecrats are accustom to seeing them, is one reason Independents want sane rather than insane gun laws.

td

May 7th, 2012
8:05 pm

Attack Dog

May 7th, 2012
6:26 pm

We have Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. There are plenty of restrictions (to many in my opinion) on what type, where you can can can not carry and hoops to jump through to be able to carry. Why do you libs not care about making sure our voting rights are not being infringed by illegals, felons and others that do not have the right to vote?

Buckhead Boy

May 8th, 2012
5:17 am

td writes: Why do you libs not care about making sure our voting rights are not being infringed by illegals, felons and others that (sic) do not have the right to vote?

I presume that because gun violence is a clear and present danger in our society, while voter fraud is essentially a myth being proselytized to justify suppression of the vote when little harm can be demonstrated.. Maybe when there are innumerable reports daily of people felled by voter fraud, we’ll accord it more concern.

Becky

May 8th, 2012
6:39 am

Big deal, It is harder to get into Disney World.

Monroe

May 8th, 2012
6:58 am

democrats—the party of rights! the party of diversity! the party of freedom!! during the convention, ban everything, search everything or go to jail!