CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBSNewYork/AP) — While the Carolina Panthers are still planning to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, team officials say they will continue to monitor the ongoing violent protests that have gripped the city.
Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte on Wednesday night and has sent the National Guard in to help restore peace.
WJZY-TV in Charlotte reported Thursday morning that the NFL and Panthers are meeting to discuss the possibility of moving the game.
Panthers president Danny Morrison said in a statement Thursday that the team is “in contact with government officials, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the NFL. We are continuing to monitor events as we prepare for Sunday’s home game.”
The Panthers (1-1) have won 14 straight home games.
What began as a peaceful protest Wednesday night led to more rioting and looting in the city Wednesday night with one person shot and four police officers injured.
The protests began after police fatally shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday. Police say Scott refused repeated commands to drop his gun. Witnesses say he was unarmed.
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