Charlotte Police Ask for Excessive Bail to Keep “Known Activist” in Jail During DNC
Charlotte police asked a court for an unusually high bail in order to keep a local activist in jail for a traffic violation, so that he would not be protesting the Democratic National Convention.
James Ian Tyson was arrested for driving with a revoked license. Charlotte police asked for a $10,000 cash bond. In a section of a law enforcement information sheet asking police to describe “Why do you feel suspect is a risk?,” the officer responded:
“Known activist + protester who is currently on a terrorist watchlist. Request he be held due to DNC being a National Special Security Event.”
Tyson is a Charlotte activist who has worked with Occupy Charlotte and the Rainforest Action Network.