A year ago, First Lady Michelle Obama announced, via email to supporters, that Charlotte, NC had been slected as the site for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The convention is expected to bring 50,000 or more people to our city. Regardless of your political affiliation, we at A&K Painting hope that the convention will bring many good things to the people and businesses of Charlotte.
A friend located in Denver, CO shared how spending on security for the 2008 DNC was substantial. We checked into it and via Wikipedia learned that Charlotte is to receives a $50 million grant from the federal government for convention related security. According to Wikipedia, the city plans to spend $25 million dollars on undisclosed weapons for the police.
The city has also passed a variety of new laws, intended to curtail protest activity. These include:
- Rules prohibiting camping on public property.
- Restricting the use of a list of different items: “cables, bars, projectiles, spray guns, breakable containers,” aerosol containers, fireworks, smoke bombs, pepper spray, mace, masks, scarves, body-armor, helmets, and police scanners.
These new laws are tied in part to the convention and also to the eviction of Occupy Charlotte from its encampment at Old City Hall lawn, downtown. Also, these new laws do not have a sunset clause and will remain effective after the end of the convention.