Police ready for more protests on Wednesday

by: Jeff Smith Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police are ready for more protests in uptown on Wednesday.

About 70 to 80 protesters again marched the streets Tuesday night.

The protesters first made a push toward the Time Warner Cable Arena, where the Democratic National Convention was under way. 

Police officers on bicycles and on foot met the protesters at Stonewall and South Tryon streets around 9:30 p.m. Officers were standing shoulder to shoulder, holding batons.

There were no reported arrests as a result of the evening protest, but Eyewitness News saw police officers ready to make arrests if necessary.  More than a dozen people have been arrested since Sunday in connection with protests around uptown.

Protesters then marched away from the arena and headed toward Fifth and Graham streets. Protesters were again on the move around 11 p.m., heading down North Tryon Street. Police forced the protesters to turn down 11th Street.

The Tuesday night protest came after at least three other protests broke out in uptown earlier in the day.

Some of the protesters said it's hard to predict what will happen because there are so many groups in uptown.

“Some people are here for peace. Some are here to get their message across, and some people are a little more agitated,” said protester Kirk Root.