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Man detained after videotaping National Guard exercises at Eastland mall

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Police say they briefly detained a man who got too close to National Guard training exercises at Eastland Mall on Sunday.

According to a police spokeswoman, the N.C. National Guard called officers around 2:40 p.m. on Sunday “in reference to a male that had entered a restricted zone set up by the National Guard.”

The spokeswoman said the man was detained and then release without incident. He was also told not to enter the National Guard’s restricted area for safety reasons, according to the police.

Police haven’t released the man’s name.

Members of the National Guard conducted training exercises at the mall from Friday until Monday. The training included landing helicopters in the parking lots and moving ground convoys onto the mall’s property.

The event drew several onlookers and a few quizzical responses from residents who hadn’t heard about the training beforehand.

The arrest was picked up by the website http://photographyisnotacrime.com/, which highlights conflicts between photographers and police.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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