Police arrest Occupy Charlotte protester in Uptown

Deborah Alexander, 54 (Source: Mecklenburg County Jail)
Deborah Alexander, 54 (Source: Mecklenburg County Jail)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police in Uptown Charlotte say they arrested an Occupy Charlotte protester Tuesday morning, after she refused to leave city property.

As many as 20 members of the local occupy group set up a camp site near Old City Hall Monday night, a spokeswoman says. CMPD officers kept a watchful eye on them all night. Then, around 5 Tuesday morning, police confronted the four camp members who were left, asking them to leave.

Deborah Alexander, 54, was arrested when she refused to leave.

Members set up the tent site to mark their one year anniversary. Prior to constructing their camp site, they talked about their ups and downs at the city council meeting.

An ordinance bars people from camping on city property. Charlotte officials created the ordinance in late January in an effort to break up a bigger presence of occupy protesters at the corner of Trade and Davidson streets. Seven protesters were arrested in that incident.

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