CMPD officers assaulted in overnight protests, Trump’s arrival expected

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers were assaulted, pepper spray was used and multiple people were arrested in RNC protests overnight in uptown.

Around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, demonstrators began to move barricades, construction cones, and trash cans to block roads and impede traffic on Tryon Street, CMPD said.

“A slow driving vehicle was surrounded by demonstrators and prevented from leaving the area. Officers intervened and were assaulted by demonstrators,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.

During the uptown demonstrations, officers recognized an individual who had outstanding felony warrants and made an arrest, CMPD said. During that arrest, another demonstrator interfered with officers and was subsequently arrested, they said.

Around 12:40 a.m. Monday, demonstrators blocked traffic at 4th and College Street. Officers were asking demonstrators to clear the road so that traffic could resume.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, crowds continued to block traffic and prevent buses and cars from moving. Demonstrators refused to clear the intersection, police said.

While CMPD was clearing the intersection, they deployed pepper spray and made two more arrests.

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