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NC county expands ban on camping on its property

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The home for this summer’s Democratic
National Convention is banning camping without permission on all
county-owned property.
Mecklenburg County commissioners have voted 7-0 to extend the
prohibition against camping at park and recreation sites to cover
all county properties. The move is in part to prevent expected
protesters from setting up tents during the political convention in
September.
Opponents of the county ordinance told commissioners they were
concerned that the ban would allow police officers to selectively
enforce the law.
Commissioner Bill James said Tuesday the months-long Occupy
Charlotte encampment on the old City Hall lawn demonstrated the
need for the law.
Charlotte City Council last month banned camping on its property
as part of a series of ordinances to control demonstrations.

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