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3 Occupy Charlotte protesters found not guilty

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Three Occupy Charlotte protesters have been found not guilty, eight months after officers arrested them while dismantling their camp outside old City Hall.

The Charlotte Observer reports a Mecklenburg County judge acquitted the trio of the misdemeanor charge of resisting, obstructing or delaying officers.

Activists say they’re unsure how the verdict could affect their plans for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Robert Fey says the verdict won’t change how police respond to similar situations. He notes another judge recently found an Occupy protester guilty of the same charge.

The three were arrested Jan. 30, after police cut their tent away around them.

Their lawyer argued there were no sleeping materials or personal belongings in the tent, so they were in compliance with the city’s new anti-camping ordinance.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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