CMPD: Officers Arrest RNC Protesters In Uptown Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department say they arrested multiple RNC protesters in uptown Charlotte the night of August 21st.

Police say they tried to facilitate the demonstrations of around 60 protesters as they left Marshall Park and began to march through uptown Charlotte.

Protesters trespassed onto the light rails at College Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard temporarily disrupting service and bike officers responded, according to a news release.

Police say they arrested 23-year-old William Gissentaner around 10 p.m. when the same group of demonstrators got in the way of traffic by surrounding a vehicle that was trying to get through the intersection of Stonewall Street and Brevard Street.

William Gissentaner

William Gissentaner

As demonstrators continued to march, they surrounded another vehicle at North College Street and Trade Street, according to a news release.

Police say shortly after they arrested 23-year-old Nolan Strout, 21-year-old Antonio Marotta and 19-year-old Olivia Turley for assault of a government official and resisting a public officer.

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Nolan Strout, Antonio Marotta, Olivia Turley

While officers made these arrests, several protestors began to interfere and police used pepper spray to get them back, according to a news release.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says, “The community’s voice is important to the CMPD, and we will always work to safeguard and facilitate peaceful and lawful protests that do not injure our officers, threaten the safety of the community they serve and lead to the destruction of property. Our top priority is to keep the community safe, and we encourage the peaceful expression of every viewpoint, so all interactions are constructive.”

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