411 on the DNC
As the days draw ever closer to the DNC, law enforcement agencies from the local to the national levels are taking steps to prepare for the security the city will need to keep convention-goers, demonstrators, businesses and citizens safe.
â€śThe city is going to be open,â€ť Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told the Charlotte Chamber in a video interview posted on YouTube. â€śThere will be very few things that will be closed down. The closer you are to one of the venues [such as Bank of America Stadium or the Time Warner Cable Arena] expect some delays as it relates to going through checkpoints.â€ť
Monroe said he is asking all citizens for patience. â€śWeâ€™re going to facilitate everyone,â€ť he said. â€śIn some cases, it might take some time, but for most pedestrians that are moving about theyâ€™ll see little-to-no affect.â€ť
Law enforcement agencies are also encouraging businesses in and around Uptown to undertake their own security measures, including keeping tabs on who is coming and going from their buildings and premises.
Overall, Monroe said he expects few problems and says Charlotte police are working hard to make this yearâ€™s convention the best it can be.
â€śFirst and foremost, this is our city,â€ť he said. â€śA city weâ€™re all very proud of.â€ť
You can watch Monroeâ€™s full video interview on YouTube at youtu.be/Hn5gK3SaF-w.
â€” Compiled by Matt Comer from press releases and other reports.