Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested nine protesters who staged a sit-in Tuesday at four Bank of America branches in the city.
The protesters were all charged with second-degree trespassing after the bank branches at South Tryon, East Trade streets, South Kings Drive and East Boulevard were forced to close briefly. The demonstrators were from Rainforest Action Network and held the sit-ins to protest the banks role in coal financing, according to a press release from RAN.
Arrested Tuesday were: Patricia Beatty Moore, 74; Leah Elizabeth Henry, 58; Sarah Gene Shaw, 25; Anna Louise Long, 21; Elizabeth Marie Goyer, 23; Marc Anthony Smith, 23; Graddy Jonathan Page, 23; Steven Dodge Norris, 69; and Robert Ryan Halas, 25.
Bank of America would not comment on the incident or whether the branches were forced to close.
One officer was seen patrolling the front of the East Boulevard location, but otherwise business appeared to be running as normal.
The activist group has targeted the Charlotte bank numerous times in the last year. Eight anti-coal protesters were arrested in November outside Bank of Americas corporate headquarters uptown.
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