The Mayor and Chief of Pilice have just completed a press conference and the NC Governor is scheduled to speak shortly.
- A Black Police Officer shot and killed a Black civilian
- A silent vigil was planned for the victim, however a large group of protesters arrived at the scene
- Running street battles then ensued, a number of Officers were injured and several arrests made.
- Some of the crowd then turned to vandalism of businesses and looting, prompting a stronger Police response
- At some point a gun was fired seriously injuring a protester. At this point it is unclear from reports who discharged the weapon
- The Governor has declared a State of Emergency and NC NationL Guard and State Troopers have been deployed to assist local law enforcement.
The Governors Declaration is above and his earlier statement is as follows:
Governor McCrory Issues Statement on Events in Charlotte. Raleigh, N.C. Sep 21, 2016
“I want to assure the people of North Carolina that our SBI has already been assisting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department throughout the last 24 hours. Upon a very recent request of Chief Putney, the State Highway Patrol is sending in troopers to further help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. The state has many additional assets nearby to assist. Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated. I support and commend the law enforcement officials for their bravery and courage during this difficult situation.”
The UNC Charlotte Center City decided to close early today, as did many other businesses.
UNC Statement Date Published: Thursday, September 22, 2016
“In light of the recent protest activity in Uptown, the University will close its Center City building at 5:00 p.m. No evening classes will be held in the building. All auxiliary services, including the bookstore and Einstein Bagels, will be closed.
Faculty should communicate directly with their students regarding their plans to address this unscheduled interruption, as outlined in the Schedule Interruption Guidelines.
Please note that main campus classes and events are continuing as planned“