Updated: 5:56 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | Posted: 5:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Police Chief Says Uptown Is Safe, Despite Weekend Disturbance
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe spoke to Eyewitness News about the uproar in uptown over the weekend.
Between late Saturday and early Sunday, one man was shot and killed, and a second man was wounded. In all, police said, 70 people were arrested, including 15 minors. Monroe said his officers were ready to go and moved in when they noticed the first hints of unruly behavior in the younger crowd.
“They had a very low tolerance for any disorderly activity, whether it was fighting or whether it was gang sign flashing,” Monroe said.
The chief said that played a big part in the high number of arrests, but it did not snuff out all the problems.
“We noticed there were a couple of gangs that were prevalent downtown that were going back and forth with one another,” he said. “We believe that ultimately led to the shooting later on that night.”
Several viewers reached out to Eyewitness News, concerned about safety in uptown Charlotte. Some said they wonder whether the city will be equipped to handle the tens of thousands of people expected during the Democratic National Convention next fall.
“As we prepare ourselves for the DNC, we will multiply our officers down there,” Monroe said. “There will be security zones set up.”
He added: “I have no concerns whatsoever when it comes to safety and security of the uptown area.”