First They Came for the TEA Party, Then They Came for the Occupiers

A riot cop at the G20 meeting in Toronto, on June 26, 2010.

“The federal government is expected to pay for all of the riot gear those officers will be wearing. Police departments protecting the last four conventions received about $50 million in grants.”

The above statement comes from an article first published in October, 2011 from a Charlotte, NC television report. Although the president supports the “occupy” movement, actions once again give the American people a glimpse of our future. Here is the latest information about this convention in Charlotte:

The North Carolina city, sometimes called the “Wall Street of the South,” is not taking any chances, and is already working to pass an ordinance that would make occupying downtown spaces with tents a “public nuisance,” in addition to banning “noxious substances,” padlocks, and other camping equipment. The fact that it would knock out the city’s current overnight demonstrators is an added bonus.

The actions being taken by the police and the DNC would never need to be considered as a response to any TEA Party event. At least not an overt response since we represent the rule of law and are fighting for principles that the government is limiting with the consent of both parties.

Senate Bill 1867 could be passed today (December 10, 2011) and this legislation (the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 1867) was secretly drafted by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.). It was approved in a closed-door committee meeting and effectively gives the government complete control over what is left of our freedom.

What will you do when the government comes for you and there was no one left to speak for you?

David DeGerolamo

Charlotte riot police begin training for Democratic National Convention

If the Occupy movement decides to come to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, police in Charlotte, North Carolina are planning to be ready.

Nearly 1,700 officers in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area are undergoing riot training in the months leading up to the gathering of Democrats.

“The point of some of the tactics and the maneuvers that we use is to allow folks to have the time to do what we’re asking them to do,” Deputy Chief Harold Medlock told WSOC.

“We want them to hear us as we move and do the things that we need to do, so you’ll hear a lot of verbalization from our officers and one of the things you’ll hear is, ‘Move back!’”

The federal government is expected to pay for all of the riot gear those officers will be wearing. Police departments protecting the last four conventions received about $50 million in grants.

“This is something that CMPD takes very, very seriously,” Medlock explained. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure it is a safe and secure event.”

Charlotte Prepping for Occupy Wall Street at DNC

In John Heilemann’s cover story “2012=1968?,” he wonders whether Occupy Wall Street protesters will do to Charlotte’s Democratic National Convention in the summer of 2012 what demonstrators did to the Chicago DNC in 1968. The North Carolina city, sometimes called the “Wall Street of the South,” is not taking any chances, and is already working to pass an ordinance that would make occupying downtown spaces with tents a “public nuisance,” in addition to banning “noxious substances,” padlocks, and other camping equipment. The fact that it would knock out the city’s current overnight demonstrators is an added bonus.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said dubiously last month that the rule, which could be enacted in January, is not aimed at a specific group. “Unlike many cities that have well-developed regulations governing protest activity, our local regulations contain gaps that need to be filled,” he said. But a memo about the ordinance does note, “The recent issues related to camping on city property have further amplified the need to review whether the city wants to regulate this activity during the DNC.” A city councilman added of the current Occupy Charlotte faction, “Once those ordinances go into effect, those overnight stays will end.”

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