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Charlotte City Council OKs broader police powers for DNC

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- Charlotte will have new laws that give police more power to stop and search people when the Democratic National Convention comes to town later this year.

The new rules approved by the Charlotte City Council in a 10-1 vote Monday night also outlaw camping on city property, a change forcing Occupy Charlotte protesters from the lawn at old City Hall.

The vote was met with shouts of "Shame!" from a packed council chamber. No arrests were reported.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they are trying to ensure they have enough power to keep people and property safe as they expect large protests that have become common at political conventions.

People won't be allowed to carry backpacks, satchels or coolers if police think they are being used to carry weapons.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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