Extra security to be on hand during Panthers game amid rumors of protests
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Extra security will be present during Sunday’s Carolina Panthers game at Bank of America Stadium amid rumors of protesters showing up.
WJZY reported that city officials have declared the 1 p.m. game against the Minnesota Vikings an “Extraordinary Event” to enhance public safety.
This gives police more latitude to stop and search people in the area of Bank of America Stadium, according to the Associated Press. It also allows them to ban backpacks and other items that could be used as weapons.
The Carolina Panthers and the National Football League said earlier this week that they are monitoring the situation in Charlotte following Tuesday’s shooting of a Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a press conference that the game will go on as planned.
There are rumors that protesters will march to Bank of America Stadium, according to ESPN.
There have been daily protests in Charlotte since Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by a Charlotte police officer outside an apartment complex on Tuesday.
The looting and violence in uptown Charlotte on Wednesday night took place a few blocks from Bank of America Stadium.