Mayor Roberts Statement
This has been a difficult couple of days for our city. The events of last night are not the Charlotte I know and love.
We also saw last night a number of peaceful protests in our city and I want to emphasize that in Charlotte we have a long tradition of working together to solve our problems and I urge everyone to continue that tradition.
I ask again for calm, peaceful demonstrations from our citizens. It is important that we have a full and transparent investigation of the original incident and we are working to ensure the integrity of the investigation.
We have partnered with the state of North Carolina for additional resources to care for our city.
The safety and security of our community and our law enforcement officers is our top priority.
Our city is open for business as usual today.
We are working with our partners and putting measures in place today to provide protection for our city this evening.
I will now turn it over to Chief Putney to address some of the details.
At approximately, 6:00 p.m., a group of protesters from Marshal Park, moved towards police headquarters and gathered in front of the building. This was a peaceful demonstration.
Additional protestors started to block roadways as they headed towards the Transit Center and Epicenter.
At 8:00 p.m., a group started to jump on vehicles in the 700 block of East 7th Street and damage property at the Epicenter.
The CMPD Civil Emergency Unit was deployed at approximately 8:00 p.m., to deescalate the situation and restore order.
At 8:30 p.m., officers responded to North College Street and East Trade Street to an ADW call for service. One person was located with an apparent gunshot wound in the Omni hotel. (CONFIRM CONDITION) Due to security concerns, the victim was evacuated by the SWAT BearCat and then transferred to Medic and transported to CMC Main with life-threatening injuries. Gas was deployed in the area to disperse the crowd at 8:43 p.m.
At approximately 9:00 p.m., protestors began moving towards businesses located in the area of Trade Street and College Street, where looting was reported. CMPD responded and dispersed the protesters. The Transit center closed at 9:07 p.m. and operations were moved to another location
At approximately 11:40 p.m., Interstate 2-77 was shut down due to protestors blocking the roadway and starting fires in the area.
Once CMPD was able to clear the interstate, a group of protestors headed towards the light rail. Light rail traffic was halted at approximately 11:55 p.m.
Additional dispersal orders were given throughout the night as protestors continued to damage property and throw objects at officers.
At 12:30 a.m., the Mayor of the City of Charlotte and the Chairman of Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners declared a State of Emergency which is required in order to bring in state assets including the National Guard to assist in protecting residential and business properties while the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department continued focusing on public safety needs throughout the community.
At approximately 3:00 AM, protests subsided.
2 CMPD officers had eye injuries and 3 were treated for heat exhaustion.
9 civilians were injured. (This information was provided by Medic).
44 arrests have been made. Charges ranged from failure to disperse, assault and breaking and entering.
We continue to review video footage and evidence to identify suspects who are looting and committing violent crime and I’m confident additional arrests will be made
RESOURCES AND PLAN
What I just laid out over the last couple of minutes involves what we’ve done over the last 12 hours. I’s like to take some time to let our community know what we plan to do moving forward to keep them safe and protect their property
Full complement of our Civil Emergency Unit working to prevent violent crime and protect property
Officers assigned to foot patrols, bicycle patrols, enduro patrols
Heavy uniformed and plain clothes
Aviation Unit in the air will be monitoring activity below and continually communicating with our men and women on the ground
We’re utilizing all of the technology resources through our Real Time Crime Center which includes the ability to monitor more than 1000 cameras in our community in an effort to maintain order and public safety
The National Guard deployment will assist us greatly.
Their presence allows us to use more CMPD resources to protect our community from violent crime and looting.
State Highway Patrol has also committed more than 200 of their members to assist us with traffic safety an infrastructure
Despite this overwhelming commitment our biggest resource by far is our community.
We need them to be a partner in this endeavor like they have for so long in the past. I want to assure our community that the men and women of this organization are fully committed to ensure the safety of our great city.
Willie Ratchford, Executive Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations
Good morning, I am Willie Ratchford, executive director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee.
In my 40 plus years in the City of Charlotte I have never witnessed the things that we’ve seen in the past 48 hours.
This is not Charlotte.
Charlotte is a community where we work toward tolerance and understanding.
Charlotte is a community where we strive to leave no one behind and to make assurances that everyone, regardless of their station in life, has an equal opportunity to succeed.
Charlotte is a community that seeks truth - together.
I am urging each of you, members of our community, to come together in peace.
This is our community and I expect everyone to come together to do what is right, what is just, and what is based on factual information and not speculation.
Let’s work together to seek the truth, find the solutions and continue to build an inclusive community where respect and peace prevail.