CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five people have been arrested as they tried to force their way into the annual Bank of America shareholders' meeting in Charlotte, and police used a new ordinance to declare the gathering an extraordinary event subject to special restrictions.
Hundreds gathered on the streets Wednesday morning as dozens of police officers worked to contain the protest.
Johnny Rosa of Framingham, Mass., was one of those arrested. Before being taken into custody, Rosa said his home had been foreclosed. He wanted to tell shareholders the foreclosure was wrong because he wanted to make payments.
If a gathering is deemed an extraordinary event, authorities can designate areas where people aren't allowed to carry backpacks, magic markers and other items.
The measures were adopted in advance of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.