Six protesters arrested at Charlotte Douglas over President Trump’s executive order


CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY)- Six people were arrested Saturday night during protests at Charlotte Douglas International Airport over President Donald Trump’s executive order for `new vetting measures’ to keep `radical Islamic terrorists’ out of the United States.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police told FOX 46 Charlotte that officers and airport officials “encountered a small group of peaceful protesters” around 9 p.m. in the baggage claim area of the airport.

According to police, approximately 50 protesters formed in two distinct groups. A small group was protesting immigration and presidential executive orders. An additional group arrived and were protesting community related issues. Officers, along with Airport staff worked with organizers to facilitate lawful demonstrations. Subsequently, demonstrators transitioned to a more aggressive group, causing a disturbance in the airport terminal.

Because of public safety concerns, City Code has different requirements for demonstrating at the airport, police told us. The group was asked to leave the airport and some of the demonstrators refused. Six individuals were arrested for Resist, Obstruct and Delay and Second Degree Trespass.

Police identified the six arrested as:

Dhruv Pathak, 23, Second Degree Trespass
Samantha Valdez, 24, Second Degree Trespass
Eleanor Everette, 16, Second Degree Trespass
Michael Johnson, 24, Resist, Obstruct and Delay, Second Degree Trespass
Gloria Merriweather, 24, Second Degree Trespass
James Marsicano, 23, Resist, Obstruct and Delay, Second Degree Trespass
Protesters were peaceful Sunday, according to police. They arrived around 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Wilkinson Boulevard and Josh Birmingham Parkway. The crowd grew to about 60 peaceful demonstrators.

CMPD and the airport worked with the organizers earlier in the day to  find a location to protest. Officers remained on scene until about 8:30 p.m. when everyone cleared out.

CMPD said they would like to thank the organizers from the demonstrations – all of whom did an exceptional job of working with Airport officials and the CMPD, which played a critical role in keeping our community safe. 

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