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BofA, Duke Energy shareholders meetings declared extraordinary events

Cleve Wootson
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com
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Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
File Photo: Protestor Lisa Fithian of Charlotte sings "corporate greed has got to go" as protesters lock hands to form a circle on the square uptown Charlotte during a demonstration against Bank of America on May 6, 2012 at Trade and Tryon Streets, the first of several protest actions leading up to the bank's shareholder meeting. Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Shareholders meetings for Duke Energy and Bank of America have been declared extraordinary events, giving police broad powers to search people in the uptown area.

The Duke Energy annual shareholder meeting is on Thursday and Bank of America’s shareholders meeting is May 7.

“In past years, both of these events have seen a significant number of demonstrators gather ... during their annual shareholder meetings,” a statement from the city said.

The extraordinary event designation gives police more latitude to stop people on the street and search backpacks and satchels. The city says the ordinance gives police extra leeway to identify trouble before it escalates. Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

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