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City: 3,400 more officers needed for convention

RALEIGH — Charlotte officials plan to buttress the city’s sizable police force with about 3,400 extra officers during the 2012 Democratic National Convention to help protect top politicians from across the country, most notably the president.

The additions from other agencies will help the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service provide security and crowd control for the quadrennial event the week of Sept. 3. North Carolina’s largest city has about 1,750 officers of its own.

The convention will be held at Time Warner Cable Arena, an uptown sports venue. The Queen City has experience hosting large events that draw big crowds, such as the ACC basketball tournament and last year’s national convention of the National Rifle Association.

But city spokeswoman Kim McMillan said the convention is the most complex because of the security needed. Besides President Obama and 35,000 other convention participants, tens of thousands more were expected to hit the streets to protest the event.

“This is our first convention of this magnitude,” Ms. McMillan said.

Officials did not specify where the extra police would come from, but they would have to be sworn officers in North Carolina to arrest anyone.

City police are already monitoring far-left anarchists groups. Members of tea party groups are also planning a big turnout.


Governor calls reporter ‘little girl’ over story

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s first female governor called a reporter a “little girl” over an article she wrote detailing at least $127,000 in taxpayer dollars the governor and other state officials spent on a European economic development trip.

In a syndicated radio talk show interview Thursday, Republican Gov. Nikki R. Haley was asked about a Sept. 4 article by 25-year-old Renee Dudley in the Post and Courier of Charleston.

“And all I will tell you is: God bless that little girl at the Post and Courier. I mean her job is to try and create conflict. My job is to create jobs. In the end, I’m going to have jobs to show for it,” Mrs. Haley said on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

The story detailed a weeklong trip in June by Mrs. Haley and two dozen others. It included stays at five-star hotels, drinks at the Ritz Paris and an upgraded “chalet” at the Paris Air Show, where the state had previously rented a booth. With a Boeing Co. manufacturing plant in North Charleston and BMW Manufacturing in Greer, Mrs. Haley said she needed to court aerospace companies at the Paris event and manufacturers in Munich.

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