The Carolina Panthers are reviewing security for Sunday afternoon’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings in the wake of violent protests in Charlotte, N.C., over the killing of a black man by a police officer.
“We are in contact with government officials, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the N.F.L.,” the team said in a statement Thursday. “We are continuing to monitor events as we prepare for Sunday’s home game.”
Fox 46 in Charlotte reported that moving the game from Bank of America Stadium might be under consideration. The stadium is near the site of some of the worst unrest.
But the N.F.L. said Thursday: “We are planning to play the game as scheduled on Sunday. We are monitoring events in Charlotte and have been in communication with local officials and authorities, and both the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings.”
Keith L. Scott, 43, was shot and killed in Charlotte on Tuesday, setting off two nights of protests.
The police fired tear gas, and there was looting and vandalism, including of the team store of the Charlotte Hornets of the N.B.A. Windows were smashed at the Nascar Hall of Fame. On Wednesday night, a man was shot and gravely wounded in what officials said was a “civilian on civilian” incident.
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SOURCE: NY Times, Victor Mather