Seven people have been arrested, and two are hospitalized after protests erupt in the wake of the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Monday evening.
Protesters began assembling at an event titled “Resist RNC 2020” nearby the Charlotte Convention Center Monday afternoon. By the evening, the protest grew to over 100 participants in Marshall Park.
The RNC protest remained peaceful before police intervened to disperse groups from around a burning American flag. At 10 p.m., the protesters circled around the burning flag and were met with pepper spray, and numerous people were arrested.
This protest comes hours after the Republican Party officially announced President Donald Trump as the Presidential Republican candidate.
When Did the RNC Protest Start?
Protests against the RNC have taken place since Friday. The protest has shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement and calls to defund the police. One video arose portraying police using bicycles to knock down protesters. In addition, CMPD News tweeted that officers used pepper spray on a protester said to be choking a woman and assaulting an officer.
Police brutality and racial injustice continue to be a top controversial issue, thus sparking protests in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor since May.
Yesterday, in Portland, on the three month anniversary of George Floyd’s death, protests turned violent. Hundreds of people showed up to march to City Hall. The protesters vandalized buildings as well as property damage to City Hall and other buildings occured. The Portland police declared the protest as an unlawful assembly and clashed with protesters, arresting twenty-three people.
Furthermore, law enforcement arrested seventy-one people in a massive protest for Breonna Taylor on Monday in Louisville. Tuesday marked the last of a four-day long demonstration meant to draw attention to her case, named BreonnaCon. She died on March 13, 2020.
[H/T The Hill]