CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Protesters beware: Charlotte police plan to use new restrictions to make sure demonstrators behave outside two corporate shareholder meetings in North Carolina's largest city.
The new rules also will be used to keep the peace at Memorial Day and July 4th events.
The city in January adopted an ordinance allowing it to declare public gatherings as extraordinary events. That allows the city to create extraordinary event zones — designated areas where people won't be allowed to carry backpacks and other items.
The measures were adopted in advance of this summer's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
But City Manager Curt Walton said Monday he'll use the restriction for Duke Energy's and Bank of America's annual shareholders meetings because of protesters.
As for the holiday events, Charlotte wants to curb rowdy behavior.
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