Protesters break through security fencing outside of the DNC

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/AP) After a quiet Day 3 of the Democratic Convention, protesters took to the streets Wednesday night. 

Protesters broke through the security fencing outside of the Wells Fargo Center around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The demonstrators appeared in court on Thursday.

Police were quickly able to get the situation under control. 

Philadelphia's police commissioner says his officers have not used pepper spray on protesters during the Democratic National Convention, but transit officials say one of their officers did use one short burst.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee says it happened Tuesday night at the subway station next to the convention site. She says a crowd was kicking and hitting a fence and grabbing a federal law enforcement officer's arm.
 
Showell-Lee says the federal officer asked transit police to use pepper spray if the protesters "tried to attack the officers" again, and a transit officer used the spray. The fence was later locked into place.
 
During the convention, 103 protesters have been ticketed and fined. Police Commissioner Richard Ross said all but five of them came from outside Philadelphia.
 
Police and protesters alike are being credited with showing restraint. Many protesters have praised the police department's approach.
 
 
 
 

 

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