CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Over the weekend there were tens of thousands of protesters in Chicago. Fast forward a few months and the same scene is likely to be in Charlotte.
Observing the clashes between Chicago police and demonstrators were about 100 members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
"I was half a block away—saw two-by-four's, sticks, rocks, bricks cinder blocks, bottles, urine, feces, bags, balloons of paint and other substances," said CMPD Deputy Chief Harold Medlock.
Wednesday afternoon Medlock talked to the media about the trip and the lessons learned that will help the department when the Democratic National Convention comes to town in September.
Medlock said that Charlotte officers were in a support role in the Windy City.
"Our officers got some great experience. Not to the level of what some of the Chicago officers experienced," Medlock noted.
Local officers were most impressed by some of the crowd control tactics, but Medlock would not get into specifics as to what might be transferred here.
"We took away some great ideas how to manage some of the unruly crowds and they did it in a manner that was very minimal in confrontation," said Medlock.