The Latest: Police report using pepper spray once near DNC


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on protests and demonstrations on the final day of the Democratic National Convention (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

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.

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4:05 p.m.

Lady Gaga and Lenny Kravitz have hit the stage at an invitation-only concert for Democratic convention delegates and guests.

The pop stars are performing Thursday afternoon at an amphitheater in Camden, New Jersey, across the river from Philadelphia.

Gaga opened with a jazzy version of the folk song “This Land is Your Land” and then Neil Young’s “Old Man.” She was introduced by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, who called her a star who’s not afraid to speak out about sexual violence and mental health.

Kravitz ended his set by shouting “We the people. We the people. We the people.” Kravitz also performed inside the convention on Wednesday night.

DJ Jazzy Jeff spun tunes in between sets.

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4 p.m.

Thunderstorms have put a damper on protests outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

A planned daylong rally near City Hall encouraging Bernie Sanders supporters to leave the Democratic Party wrapped up as heavy rains began to fall Thursday afternoon.

Many demonstrators at a park adjacent to the convention site 4 miles away also ran for cover, delaying protests there.

Organizers say some planned events, including a flag-burning, would still go ahead later in the day, weather permitting.

Across the river in Camden, New Jersey, a concert for delegates and other invited guests featuring Lady Gaga was going on. But people seated in the lawn area of the BB&T Pavilion were moved to seats under cover.

Forecasters say there could be flash floods through Friday.

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11:30 a.m.

Philadelphia city officials are warning Democratic National Convention visitors and protesters of a possible repeat of Monday’s thunderstorms and heavy rain.

They say there could be flash flooding on area roads Thursday afternoon through Friday.

No marches are planned by protesters Thursday. But a daylong demonstration is set to be held near City Hall, 4 miles from the convention site. Organizers were still setting up shortly before noon.

On Monday night, a torrential rainstorm forced demonstrators near the convention site to seek cover under a highway overpass and at a subway stop nearly a mile away. Some used signs as umbrellas.

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1:50 a.m.

The tension between Bernie Sanders activists and Democratic Party brass set to crown Hillary Clinton their nominee lingers in Philadelphia as the four-day convention reaches its big night.

Clinton is expected Thursday night to accept the honor of being the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.

Supporters of rival Bernie Sanders have made their voices heard across Philadelphia. The week began with thousands of marchers chanting their support for Sanders as they walked miles across the city.

The protests have grown smaller and quieter now that Sanders has urged followers to fall in line and support Clinton.

But actress Susan Sarandon is among those still feeling stung. She says that party organizers scuttled plans for a Sanders surrogate to speak on his behalf from the convention floor.

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