Crime & Courts

Those arrested during protest: Most local, most without criminal records

A protester, center, is taken into custody by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer vigil turned into a second night of violence, with police firing tear gas at angry protesters and a man being critically wounded by gunfire. North Carolina's governor declared a state of emergency in the city.
A protester, center, is taken into custody by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer vigil turned into a second night of violence, with police firing tear gas at angry protesters and a man being critically wounded by gunfire. North Carolina's governor declared a state of emergency in the city. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Most of the people arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning during the sometimes violent protests uptown were from Charlotte, and most did not have criminal records.

The Observer reviewed CMPD arrest reports between midnight and 2 a.m. Thursday. There were 31 people arrested for failure to disperse, six people arrested for breaking and entering, one for assault on a government official; two for larceny after break-in; two for resisting an officer and disorderly conduct; and one arrest for larceny and injury to property.

▪ Of those 42 people arrested, 32 live in Charlotte, according to their arrest records. The others mostly live nearby, in Albemarle, Gastonia, Greensboro and Raleigh.

It’s possible that could change if protests continue. More people from across the nation are reportedly coming to Charlotte to protest the Tuesday shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.

During the Democratic National Convention four years ago, CMPD was concerned about outside groups inciting violence. That didn’t happen.

More information:

▪ Eight were women.

▪ Fifteen of the 42 people arrested had prior criminal convictions. Of the 11 people arrested on the more serious charges, such as breaking and entering and assault on a government official, three had prior criminal convictions.

▪ The average age of those arrested was 25.

▪ The protest was done under the umbrella movement of Black Lives Matter. Nine of the 42 people arrested were either white, Hispanic or Asian.

The time of the arrest is when the person was booked. The Observer did not include people arrested for crimes such as driving while impaired because those arrests were unlikely related to the protests.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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