CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Countless hours went into planning the security for the Democratic National Convention. Parts of uptown Charlotte were fenced off and there was an officer on every corner.
On Monday afternoon Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Rodney Monroe sat down and talked to NewsChannel 36 about the Convention. He said the first test came Sunday during the March on Wall Street South, which was broadcast live on WCNC.com.
"We knew that Sunday was going to set the tone for the entire week," said Monroe.
The march went off without incident. Protesters marched almost every day and police made the decision to give them free rein up to a point.
"We’re not going to be heavy handed, but at the same time we don’t want you to be so forceful in voicing your first amendment rights that would give us cause and concern,” said the chief.
‘Occupy’ was allowed to camp at Marshall Park over the objection of some county leaders. Monroe says that tactically it gave police the ability to use cameras to monitor the movements.
The police administration stayed in touch with protest leaders.
"I think people had a pretty good idea what they could expect and we had a pretty good idea what we we’re going to expect also," said Monroe.
Police ended up arresting 25 demonstrators, far less than most conventions. Some protestors were complimentary of the department and the Chief could not be more proud.
"That's what was so amazing to see happen from the march to occupation of Marshall Park—those things we anticipated that we were able to manage and see the men and women of this organization on a national stage perform to a near flawless performance," said the Chief.