Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: CLT Leaders Call Racism 'Public Health Crisis'; Eastland Mall

Jun 19, 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

Charlotte enters its third week of protests over the death of George Floyd and this week, Mecklenburg County Commission declares racism “a public health crisis.” DACA is upheld. A CMS principal is suspended in a controversy over racism.  Questions about broken promises arise over the RNC pullout, and City Council unanimously OKs Eastland Mall rezoning.

Some stories for this week (clockwise): Remembering the Charleston shooting victims five years later; Gov. Roy Cooper and talk of legislation around face masks; Protests in Charlotte reach third week; Eastland Mall plans approved.

On this week’s Charlotte Talks local news roundup …

Protests in Charlotte after the death of George Floyd enter a third week. Last week, police reforms were requested by Charlotte City Council and announced by CMPD. This week, Mecklenburg County Commission and City Council have declared racism a public health crisis. A CMS principal is suspended amid a controversy over racism, and activists are calling for a boycott at Charlotte-based CPI security after the CEO made racist comments. We’ll talk about those and other outcomes stemming from the recent protests.

The Supreme Court decision on DACA came down this week, and the program was upheld in a 5-4 decision. What's next for immigration policy in the Trump-era?

Last week’s announcement that the Republican National Convention will no longer take place in Charlotte has left ongoing questions about “broken promises” on the part of the Republican National Committee. Will legal action on the part of the host committee in Charlotte be taken against the RNC?

This week, City Council passed the rezoning plan for the former Eastland Mall site, putting Major League Soccer one step closer to a reality in Charlotte. The future headquarters and practice facility would be centerpiece of a mixed-use property.

And this week marked the fifth anniversary of the shooting at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church where eight parisoniers and their pastor were killed by a white supremacist. Reaction from family members and others.

Those stories along with an update on the coronavirus numbers and reopen plans on the local news roundup on Charlotte Talks.


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