One Arrested in Protests Outside of Carolina Panthers Stadium

A person was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon at the protests outside of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, police say.

Charlotte police officers have been on high alert as police forces mobilized throughout Bank of America Stadium ahead of the Carolina Panthers game against the Minnesota Vikings, WBTV reported.

Police officers showed up in SWAT gear and additional reinforcements came in large humvees that parked outside the stadium.

Protesters crowded the street calling for justice after the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was killed by a police officer Tuesday.

The city of Charlotte has deemed the game an “extraordinary event,” which is defined as “a large scale event of national or international significance which might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city,” officials said in a release.

This allows city officials to ban items within a certain distance of the game for security reasons.

The Panthers decided to hold the game against the Vikings as planned after a meeting with NFL officials Thursday.

“This offseason, we constructed four new security posts around the stadium to account for people coming onto the property,” team president Danny Morrison told ESPN. “There are now 95 walk-through magnetometers, which will be used in place of the wanding procedure for screening. Additionally, camera coverage and explosive detection canine teams have been enhanced.”


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