CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - North Carolina Governor McCrory discussed the state’s response Friday to support local officials in Charlotte as they continue to maintain peace following three nights of protests.
Upon the request of CMPD Chief Kerr Putney, the governor deployed North Carolina National Guard troops and State Highway Patrol troopers to help protect infrastructure and control traffic.
Authorities said their support helped protests remain largely peaceful Thursday night.
“It is a team effort and I am proud of how the community and our state has handled this national issue focused on North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory, in a written statement, released on Friday. “I am especially proud that some of the most memorable images from last night were of peaceful protesters hugging and shaking hands with our National Guard members and law enforcement. This is the Charlotte and North Carolina I know.”
The National Guard and State Highway Patrol will remain in Charlotte through Sunday to be available to help protect infrastructure and support local law enforcement as needed.
Governor McCrory confirmed that the State Bureau of Investigation has initiated an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
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