4 people arrested at Bank of America demonstration

May 9, 2012, 4:08 PM

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Four people were arrested Wednesday as they tried to force their way into the annual Bank of America shareholders’ meeting in Charlotte, and police used a new ordinance to declare the gathering an extraordinary event subject to special restrictions.

Hundreds of people gathered on the streets as dozens of police officers worked to contain the protest.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Major Jeff Estes said the four were charged with crossing a police line, a misdemeanor. He also said the protest was peaceful.

Johnny Rosa of Framingham, Mass., was one of those arrested. Rosa said before he was taken into custody that his home had been foreclosed and he wanted to tell shareholders the foreclosure was wrong because he wanted to make payments.

Charlotte police used a new ordinance allowing the city to declare public gatherings as extraordinary events. That allowed authorities to designate areas where people aren’t allowed to carry backpacks, magic markers and other items.

The measures were adopted in advance of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Estes says police didn’t confiscate any of those materials at the demonstration.

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4 people arrested at Bank of America demonstration