Charlotte police chief says city ready for convention

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Rodney Monroe hasn’t been getting much sleep these days.

The Democratic National Convention is just weeks away. And Monroe has been spending longer hours than usual planning for the event that will bring thousands of delegates – and protesters – to North Carolina’s largest city.

His department is responsible for security on Charlotte streets.

As the convention draws near, Monroe meets several times a day with his staff and federal law enforcement authorities reviewing security and coordinating plans.

The 55-year-old Monroe knows he will be judged by what happens on the streets outside Time Warner Area, where the convention will be held Sept. 4-5. A day later, President Barack Obama will give his acceptance speech at the 74,000-seat outdoor Bank of America stadium.

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