Charlotte Protests

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A Mecklenburg County judge says the city of Charlotte and CMPD do not immediately have to release contracts and other public records detailing spending on this month's Republican National Convention. 

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A group of concerned faith leaders in Charlotte shared a list of demands for change regarding policing in the city. During a press conference Monday, clergy members said they are concerned about what public safety looks like in the wake of recent civil unrest. 

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Protests ramped up again in Charlotte over the weekend. One group, called Unity-In-Diversity, gathered Sunday afternoon at Romare Bearden Park demanding justice for Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old U.S. Army soldier who disappeared in April from Fort Hood in Texas and was found dead near the military base earlier this month.

Queen City Nerve

 

Last month a superior court judge signed an order halting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s use of riot control agents like tear gas against peaceful protesters. That was a response to a lawsuit filed by groups including the local chapter of the NAACP, the ACLU of North Carolina and Charlotte Uprising. Thursday they argued the order should continue to be in place, CMPD disagreed. 

 

Workers apply sealant to letters in the Black Lives Matter mural on South Tryon Street Thursday. The city has extended the street closure through Sept. 30.
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The city of Charlotte has extended until Sept. 30 the closure of South Tryon Street around the "Black Lives Matter" street mural that was painted during protests against systemic racism last month. 

Charlotte Children's March

Protests against racism and police brutality extended into the Fourth of July holiday Saturday with two events organized by young Black residents in Charlotte -- one of them a 9-year-old boy with support from his family, and the other a 17-year-old activist who's become a rising voice in Charlotte.

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Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden said Friday that Thursday’s confrontation between his deputies and demonstrators outside the jail, which resulted in 43 arrests, was a catastrophe. 

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A North Carolina Superior Court judge on Friday ordered CMPD to temporarily halt the use of force against peaceful protests. The ruling came from a hearing that was scheduled following a lawsuit filed earlier in the day by civil rights groups against the city of Charlotte and police chief Kerr Putney's use of tear gas, flash-bang grenades and other tactics against peaceful protesters.

About 60 young people marched against racial injustice in south Charlotte Friday. (David Boraks/WFAE)
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About 60 people, most of them teens, marched against racial injustice in south Charlotte Friday afternoon. They gathered at Elon Park on Ardrey Kell Road at midday and marched about 2.5 miles to Blakeney Park off Rea Road, then back to Elon Park.  It was a diverse crowd, including a few parents and other adults.

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Twenty-four-year-old Alejandro, who asked to not share his last name, is one of approximately 25,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in North Carolina. His parents brought him to the United States from Mexico when he was 3 years old and, today, he’s a rising senior at UNC Charlotte, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. 

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested 125 people in connection with seven nights of protest over George Floyd's death, with the intensity of police-protester clashes waning Thursday night.

Braxton Winston
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Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston wants the city to eliminate money in next year's police department budget for chemical agents such as tear gas that are used to disperse crowds. 

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A motion for a bond hearing has been denied for the second time for a man accused of fatally shooting a protestor during the Charlotte demonstrations over the Keith Lamont Scott shooting in 2016. 

Corine Mack of the Charlotte NAACP spoke at Tuesday's press conference at the Government Center.
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Community activists say this week's final report of The Police Foundation is a good start but falls short in its assessment of CMPD's response to protests after the police killing of Keith Scott in 2016.  Leaders of several groups spoke to reporters outside the Government Center uptown Tuesday. 

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The final report is out from an independent review of CMPD's handling of the September 2016 protests following the police killing of Keith Scott. The main finding by the Police Foundation of Washington, D.C., doesn’t vary much from its draft report released last fall – that CMPD "acted appropriately" and according to its policies as it responded to a week of demonstrations uptown.

Activist Gemini Boyd speaks to Police Foundation consultants Monday night at Little Rock AME Zion Church in uptown Charlotte.
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Consultants reviewing CMPD's response to last year's protests in uptown Charlotte heard from speakers calling for changes in their draft report, and also how CMPD holds officers responsible. 

Protesters gather outside of CMPD headquarters, chanting, "release the tapes."
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A police consultant group that studied CMPD’s response to the protests that followed the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott last year will hold its final town hall meeting in Charlotte on Monday evening.

Frank Straub of the Police Foundation of Washington, D.C., talked to Charlotte City Council Monday.
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A consultant with the Police Foundation told Charlotte City Council Monday night that CMPD properly followed its own policies last year as it responded to violence following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. But he said CMPD and city officials weren't fully prepared for the protests.

Police in riot gear march down Trade Street toward the Omni Hotel during protests Sept. 21, 2016, after the killing of Keith Lamont Scott.
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CMPD and the City of Charlotte say they're studying a consultant's recommendations for changes in police training, transparency and other policies. Those came in a report from The Police Foundation of Washington, D.C., hired by the city after demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of a black man last year. 

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This time last year, Charlotte was making national news for the protests that erupted in uptown the day after Keith Scott was shot and killed by a CMPD police officer. But there was another causality last September, 26-year-old Justin Carr who was shot and killed outside of the Omni hotel during one of the demonstrations. Rayquan Borum who was there that night, will be tried for the murder of Carr likely sometime next year.

Protests in Charlotte Sept. 21, 2016
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Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott – and the birth of a protest movement called Charlotte Uprising.

The street protests that followed Keith Scott's killing brought all kinds of people to uptown Charlotte - longtime activists, students, uptown professionals, and local clergy. Within a couple of days, many were rallying around a social media hashtag - #CharlotteUprising.

Video footage captured the night Justin Carr was shot and killed in uptown Charlotte has been released. Doug Miller of the Charlotte Observer petitioned that footage from Sept. 21, 2016,  - the night Carr was shot in front of the Omni Hotel - be made public. 

Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin signed off on the order Tuesday.

Bouchra Idlibi of Charlotte brought her children. She said she's a Syrian-Muslim-American.
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Protests continued Sunday in Charlotte and other parts of the state against President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S. One of Mecklenburg County's two U.S. representatives joined in, while the other says he supports the president.

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A protest broke out at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Saturday night in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The gathering began around 9 p.m. and reached its peak about an hour later, when roughly 60 protesters swarmed the airport's baggage claim clutching homemade signs and chanting, "No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here." Police kept a close perimeter.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down in south Charlotte Wednesday evening around 6:30 p.m.  A tweet published around that time said a "possible" tornado may have been developing near I-485 southwest of Charlotte, and could cross I-77 through 7 p.m.

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A private autopsy was released late Wednesday for Keith L. Scott, the 43 year old African-American whose deadly encounter with police last month sparked riots and protests across Charlotte.

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Charlotte Talks hosts a public conversation Tuesday night on strengthening trust after the shooting of Keith Scott. A forum is one way to approach this, but there are many one-on-one discussions going on in the community.  Here's one of them.

diners at Essex Charlotte
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Businesses around Charlotte saw sales drop during last week's protests over the shooting death of Keith Scott. But now that a curfew has been lifted and the weekend is approaching, they're hoping for a rebound.

Violence during the first night of protests uptown last Wednesday left some hotels, stores and restaurants, including those around the EpiCentre, with broken windows and other physical damage.

But the week of protests also scared away customers, causing financial damage that most are still recovering from.  

A funeral is scheduled at noon today for the 26-year-old protester, Justin Carr, who was fatally shot during violent protests in uptown Charlotte last Wednesday night.

Protesters gather outside of CMPD headquarters, chanting, "release the tapes."
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Updated 1 p.m.
Hundreds of people marched through uptown Charlotte for a fourth night Friday, chanting "release the tapes" to protest Tuesday's police killing of Keith Scott.

Police said Saturday afternoon they arrested 11 people, including nine for violating the city's midnight to 6 a.m. curfew. Police allowed the demonstrations to go on past midnight, but began enforcing the curfew around 2 a.m.  A man and a woman were charged with a break-in as well.  

There were no injuries and police said they did not use tear gas, as they have during other protests this week.  

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