Hundreds of protesters march through uptown; 2 arrested

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Hundreds of protesters march through uptown; 2 arrested

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 2, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 5:11 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two people were arrested during Sunday's march in uptown that drew hundreds of protesters, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.  

About 700 chanting protesters launched a march through uptown with calls for reform on Sunday afternoon.  Organizers had previously expected anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000 protesters.

One protester, 23-year-old Anna Marie Wright, was arrested for violating a law by wearing a mask, according to police. Wright was arrested at 2:25 p.m. At the time of the arrest, she had a knife, police said.

Chris Stevens, 32, was also arrested for disorderly conduct, assault on a government official and resisting arrest in the 200 block of South College street.  Stevens was drunk, CMPD police chief Rodney Monroe told reporter Dianne Gallagher, and was not part of the March on Wall Street South.

Another protester was transported by Medic to a local hospital, according to The Charlotte Observer.  Authorities have not said why the protester was taken to the hospital.

Frazier Park was the starting point for the majority of protesters early Sunday morning. 

Officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Monroe Police Department checked trees, playground equipment and did a general sweep of the area. 

Officers told NewsChannel 36 they arrived in "waves" throughout the day as Wall Street South protesters assembled at the park on Sunday.    

 The protesters assembled around 11 a.m. at Frazier Park near uptown, then at 1 p.m. went into uptown, passing Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy headquarters.

Organizers say the protest was peaceful, but hundreds of police officers were on the streets just in case.

Police Chief Rodney Monroe and about 120 officers marched with demonstrators through uptown to keep protesters safe and peaceful.

Monroe confirmed the earlier estimates of 10,000 protesters did not hold up.  He said he expects 1,000 people at the most to take to the streets of uptown.

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