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Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup: NFL Protests, Citizens Review Board Rules Against CMPD, More

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Friday, September 29, 2017

On the local news roundup, NFL protests spark nationwide discussions about athletes, teams and First Amendment rights but the Panthers don’t take part.  Prayer returns to City Council while Rowan County Commissioners seek court permission to say Christian prayer.  The Citizen Review Board rules against CMPD for the first time in its history.  And Hurricane Maria prompts evacuations along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters cover those and other stories when Charlotte Talks.

On this edition of the local news roundup…

The NFL protests have sparked nationwide discussion about athletes, teams and first amendment rights, but here in Charlotte, the Panthers did not participate in the kneeling that was happening around the country. We’ll talk about what team owner Jerry Richardson said about it, and reaction from his comments.

Prayer and politics is back in the regional headlines with City Council returning to prayer at their meeting this week, but also with Rowan County’s Commissioners, who voted Monday to ask the Supreme Court to rule on whether they should be allowed to say Christian Prayers before meetings. We’ll have an update on those stories.  

The Citizens Review Board ruled against CMPD for the first time ever by saying that CMPD Chief Kerr Putney was wrong not to discipline and officer who used excessive force in a case from last year.

Hurricane Season just keeps on coming, with Hurricane Maria prompting evacuations on North Carolina’s OuterBanks. What this active hurricane season is doing to homeowners, residents and business owners up and down the coast.

And the group Anticom was set to visit Charlotte for a march later this year, but has now canceled, due to safety concerns. We'll discuss the development.

Mike Collins and our panel of reporters gather to discuss those stories and more on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Tom Bullock, WFAE Reporter.

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer at the Charlotte Business Journal

Ann Doss Helms, Reporter for The Charlotte Observer

Kirstin Garriss, government reporter for Spectrum News.