Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., police returned to the Occupy Charlotte site before daybreak today, awakening and evicting several protesters who were sleeping on the lawn of the old City Hall overnight. Yesterday, police evicted dozens of protesters and tore down at least 30 tents, the Charlotte Observer reports. The police action comes on a day when Occupy Charlotte members and their attorney plan to be in court, asking a judge to prevent the city from enforcing a newly-adopted ordinance that prohibits protesters from camping on city-owned property. Their attorney filed a lawsuit accusing the city of violating rights of free-speech and assembly.
The Charlotte action was non violent, a stark contrast to confrontations that have broken out in some cities where the Occupy movement has spread. In Oakland, for instance, tensions remained high after weekend clashes between protesters and police ended in more than 400 arrests. “We didn’t get anybody hurt,” said Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s a success.” Protester Don Faix said the event was fuel for the movement to continue, and even grow in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention this summer. “Today’s their turn. What’s coming up is our turn. We’re going to wake this city up,” Faix said.