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.
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