Police Declares Protest in Charlotte an ‘Unlawful Assembly’

May 30, 2020 - 1:15 pm
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Protests have formed across the nation to demand justice for George Floyd, the African American man tragically killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.

The streets of west Charlotte were no different on Friday evening as protestors joined forced and let their voices be heard chanting “Black Lives Matter,” “Justice for George” and “No Justice, No Peace," hoping to evoke change for the black community.

Peaceful protesting began around 6 p.m. outside the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police headquarters.

Around 9 p.m., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police declared the protest an ‘unlawful assembly’ and began dispersing the crowd that had gathered.

CMPD is speaking over a megaphone asking crowds to disperse pic.twitter.com/CaYon5u5Mz

— Erin Edwards (@ErinEdwardsNews) May 30, 2020

The protests turned violent as Fox reports some protestors began kicking officers, throwing rocks at police vehicles, and touching property.

Several protesters have damaged police cruisers and continue to throw rocks at officers and the Metro Division office.

— CMPD News (@CMPD) May 30, 2020

Tear gas was reportedly deployed around 8:45 p.m., but CMPD denied the rumors on Twitter.

CMPD is continuing to monitor the protests in Charlotte this evening to ensure a peaceful protest. To dispel any rumors, no chemical agents have been deployed.

— CMPD News (@CMPD) May 30, 2020

Protestors refuted the claims stating CMPD even shot rubber bullets to dispel crowds.

Ight so I can definitely say the protests in Charlotte tonight were peaceful until CMPD started cornering everyone in and firing rubber bullets, letting off tear gas, and forcing their cars through people as you can see here pic.twitter.com/Bhlx6Coi7O

— Ari --☄️--®️ (@AquaberryAri) May 30, 2020

Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston was arrested and charged with failure to disperse on command, according to WBTV.

“Police actually broke line and scooped him up and dragged behind the lines and arrested him,” reporter Ron Lee said.

There were reports of looting around 11 p.m. at the Food Lion on Beatties Ford Road.

There are reports of looting occurring at local businesses. CMPD is responding to ensure further damage and theft do not occur.

— CMPD News (@CMPD) May 30, 2020

The city is now preparing for a second day of protests in a row.

Mayor Vi Lyles urged protestors to show activism through nonviolent measures on Twitter.

Urging those in our community who are protesting tonight to refrain from violence. We can have activism and protests without violence.

— Mayor Vi Lyles (@CLTMayor) May 30, 2020

Floyd’s death sparked anger around the country and ignited days of protests. Derek Chauvin, the suspect who appears to kneel his full weight on George Floyd's neck while he begged for help, gasping that he couldn't breathe, was charged with 3rd Degree Murder and Manslaughter.

The three other officers on the scene and involved in the murder were also fire. No charges have been filed against them yet.

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