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Charlotte proposes cracking down on DNC protesters


CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's largest city is hearing from the public on new ideas by Charlotte police and city attorneys to limit protesters during this year's Democratic National Convention.

Charlotte officials hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinances Monday.

The new convention-related ordinances crack down on protesters and ban camping on city property. Charlotte officials are worried about violence during the four-day convention.

The rules are modeled after a ban in Denver imposed the 2008 Democratic convention.

The American Civil Liberties Union worries the rules would give police too much power. The ACLU is specifically worried about banning a number of items during the convention, including backpacks and duffle bags if police think they are being used to conceal weapons or other prohibited items.

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

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