shareholder meetings declared extraordinary events, giving police broader powers

by Tim Phillips

Duke Energy’s annual shareholder meeting will start tomorrow morning in Charlotte, North Carolina. City Manager Ron Carlee declared the meeting an “extraordinary event,” giving police broader powers to search people in the area. According to today’s WBTV article,

Officials want to be cautious about Duke Energy’s meeting because of the heated controversy over its recent coal ash spill, and the fact that the company’s coal ash policies have attracted protestors to its shareholder gatherings before.

The 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was also declared an “extraordinary event.” Bank of America’s shareholder meeting on May 7 will fall into the same category. The WBTV article states that “the bank has been the target of large protests over its mortgage and foreclosure-related activities.”