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Four people arrested at Bank of America demonstration

Posted May 9, 2012
Updated July 2, 2012

— Four people were arrested Wednesday as they tried to force their way into the annual Bank of America shareholders' meeting in Charlotte, and police used a new ordinance to declare the gathering an extraordinary event subject to special restrictions.

Hundreds of people gathered on the streets as dozens of police officers worked to contain the protest.

The protesters marched down Tryon Street from the bank's headquarters to Bank of America Stadium.

"We need jobs. We need housing. We need health care," protester Amaju Dillahunt, of Durham, said. "We're joining the thousands of people who've come out here today to send that message to the bank."

"I'm concerned about the investments that Bank of America makes in companies that produce weapons, specifically cluster bombs and nuclear weapons," protester Betsy Criten of Durham said. "To be a corporate good citizen, they shouldn't be investing in those sorts of things."

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Major Jeff Estes said the four people arrested were charged with crossing a police line, a misdemeanor. He also said the protest was peaceful.

Bank of America protest Hundreds march on Charlotte to protest BofA meeting

Johnny Rosa of Framingham, Mass., was one of those arrested. Rosa said before he was taken into custody that his home had been foreclosed and he wanted to tell shareholders the foreclosure was wrong because he wanted to make payments.

Charlotte police used a new ordinance allowing the city to declare public gatherings as extraordinary events. That allowed authorities to designate areas where people aren't allowed to carry backpacks, magic markers and other items.

The measures were adopted in advance of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Estes says police didn't confiscate any of those materials at the demonstration.

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  • theradiator25 May 9, 2:50 p.m.

    Fancy going to a shareholders' meeting with your hand out demanding a middle class existence on someone else's dime.

  • Nancy May 9, 2:33 p.m.

    Chanting they want jobs and health care, at a BoA meeting?

    Whew, they're blaming any and everyone for their misery.

  • heisenberg May 9, 2:24 p.m.

    as400_guru - agree. Why is the bank at fault because they bought something they could not afford.

    An AS400, seriously?

  • mfarmer1 May 9, 2:12 p.m.

    maybe we should take more money from the wallet of others so we can pay other peoples mortgage?

    while we are at it, lets make there car payments, and pay for there health care, food, Electric, Water, phone, and cable bills.

  • Surrey Hills May 9, 1:42 p.m.

    Grimreaper...AMEN Brother!

  • grimreaper May 9, 1:31 p.m.

    "Amaju Dillahunt of Durham"

    Pretty much says it all...has no time to look for work...but plenty of time to travel about at current gas prices to cause trouble...go figure...

  • as400_guru May 9, 1:05 p.m.

    I love htis part "Johnny Rosa of Framingham, Mass., was one of those arrested. Rosa said before he was taken into custody that his home had been foreclosed and he wanted to tell shareholders the foreclosure was wrong because he wanted to make payments."

    Mr. Rosa, there is a difference between wanting to make payments and actually making them. It is obvious you did NOT make any. Perhaps if you had, you would still have your house.

    I bet Mr. Rosa is a prime example of the people who bought a house they could not afford. He probably fits the profile of the type of person Jesse, and Al, and Barney coerced banks into giving them loans.

  • fayncmike May 9, 1:03 p.m.

    Good news! Arrests are great publicity. They help to keep the movement alive. "Power to the People!"

  • The Contractor May 9, 12:22 p.m.

    ah yes, lets make criminals out of protestors.. lets also quit quoting our founding fathers and using that patriotic rhetoric because you know they didnt protest about anything... like taxes or teas or anything important like losing a home.

  • Tax Man May 9, 12:00 p.m.

    Hopefully they can charge these folks with a serious crime and keep them locked up for awhile! Private business folks - you have no right to trespass or interfere with their legal operations. If you don't like Bank of America don't do business with them! If enough customers are not happy they will change their way, but protesting only makes the protesters look like mindless fools! And probably they are!

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