Labor leaders hold rally decade after Charleston 5

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Labor leaders gather to begin an organizing effort to mark the 10th anniversary of an incident at a South Carolina port. AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and other leaders hold a forum in Charleston on the economy on Thursday.

In the incident, 10 people were injured when a January 2000 protest on the Charleston docks over nonunion labor turned violent.

Five longshoremen, the Charleston 5, were charged with trespassing. Those charges were dismissed but then-Attorney General Charlie Condon went to a grand jury, which returned felony indictments.

The five were placed under house arrest but the following year pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of engaging in a riot where no weapon was used. Each was fined.

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