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And so it begins - 30,000 riot in Charlotte NC, 1 dead, another shot, 70 arrested

 
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And so it begins - 30,000 riot in Charlotte NC, 1 dead, another shot, 70 arrested
Charlotte NC - Uptown chaos leaves 1 dead
Second person wounded in gunfire. Police arrest 70 people two hours after Speed Street ends.

By David Perlmutt and Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
dperlmutt@charlotteobserver.com, cwooston@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Monday, May. 30, 2011
One person was fatally shot and another wounded early Sunday after several hours of trouble in uptown Charlotte that ended with police trying to break up crowds and making 70 arrests.

The shootings took place shortly after 1 a.m. across 3rd Street from the Hilton hotel, two hours after Food Lion Speed Street had closed. Antwan Terrell Smith, 22, was shot in the head and died at the scene. Durante Kavon James, also 22, was shot in the leg and taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was in stable condition late Sunday.

The gunfire followed reports of unrest - which police say could be gang-related - centered largely around the Charlotte Transit Center between 4th and Trade streets. The charges were one of the city's largest mass arrests in memory.

The trouble comes 15 months before Charlotte hosts the 2012 Democratic National Convention - which likely will ensure close scrutiny of what happened.

The core of DNC events will take place at Time Warner Cable Arena and the Charlotte Convention Center. They are blocks from the shooting scene and the Charlotte Transit Center, where police were sent early Sunday to disperse large groups, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg police spokesman Officer Robert Fey.

Former Mecklenburg County commissioner Dan Murrey, chairman of the DNC's local host committee, said Sunday he's confident that appropriate security measures will be in place for the convention.

"I have a lot of confidence that over the course of the next year of preparations - between local, state and federal law enforcement - that downtown Charlotte will be very safe and secure for the convention effort," Murrey said.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx called the incidents "very unfortunate" and the shootings "horrible," but said it would have no impact on the DNC.

"That's an entirely different event with a lot of other players involved in security," Foxx said. "I think people understand a city is a city. And we move forward, and we are always trying to improve the model of safety for people who live in this community.

"I think our track record in terms of overall crime statistics suggests we are working hard to get there."

Foxx, too, said the city is up to the task of securing the convention. "It's a continual effort," he said. "I think our city's going to do just fine."

Groups started confrontations

Early Sunday, groups of 50 or more people "began confronting each other" and refused to leave as police closed in around the transit center, Fey said.

Police arrested 70 people, including 15 juveniles, he said. Most arrests were for disorderly conduct, fighting, assault and impeding traffic.

The melee was one of the worst in Charlotte's uptown since violence broke out among large crowds after a Fourth of July fireworks show in 2006. In the years that followed, police cracked down heavily on uptown revelers during major events, arresting 169 people during July 4 celebrations in 2007.

At the time of the incidents, officers said the troublemakers were flashing gang signs, challenging officers and other people and attempting to block sidewalks and streets, Fey said.

Police said large crowds - as many as 30,000 people - gathered in and around the transit center after Speed Street ended at 11 p.m.

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[link to www.charlotteobserver.com]
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Re: And so it begins - 30,000 riot in Charlotte NC, 1 dead, another shot, 70 arrested
Not one picture?
Must have been real bad.
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Media blackout... Youtube is taking down videos...

They have been trying to keep this out of the national media BIG TIME...
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Re: And so it begins - 30,000 riot in Charlotte NC, 1 dead, another shot, 70 arrested
I was there stuck in traffic.
Fuck the police.
My brothers roommate got a glimpse of the real action; he said he did not know what was going on but it was not gang related.
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CharlotteObserver has it.
C&P the thread title.
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Re: And so it begins - 30,000 riot in Charlotte NC, 1 dead, another shot, 70 arrested
Maybe some of y'all don't understand how patriotic celebrations go down in the South. We drink. More than our usual. And all it takes is someone saying the wrong thing and ten of his friends/cousins/whoevers getting involved for things to spiral out of control. The police were probably just caught off-guard because it wasn't the 4th, since everyone knows part of the fun is making your own fireworks with whatever firearms you own. And most of us own them.

I don't think there's a lot to this. And hell, maybe I'm wrong, but this wouldn't be the first time that a good time has gone wrong around here.
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The CO is a joke... so no doubt they'll down play what happened uptown
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Trying to get youtube link to post... no working... Here's a youtube link to video

[link to www.youtube.com]
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they're gonna be cleaning uo the gene pool. Obama can't have these coons embarrassing him so they will be eleminated.
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Riot dogs sideways
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The CO is a joke... so no doubt they'll down play what happened uptown
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Maybe but atm they are the only ones reporting it.
And 30,000 people is a bit many for just a drunken brawl,even in Charlotte.
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urban youth

fuck da poleece! fuck da poleece!
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I cant find any videos or anything... Did you also see the miami shooting?
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Trying to get youtube link to post... no working... Here's a youtube link to video

[link to www.youtube.com]
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That vid is from April 20
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Re: And so it begins - 30,000 riot in Charlotte NC, 1 dead, another shot, 70 arrested
From what I'm reading on blogs here's what REALLY happened...

This was Speed week, some kind of NASCAR event... You know the type that's into NASCAR.

We apparentally, anytime there's a large event or concert in Charlotte, hundreds of spooks mass around the transit terminal downtown to mug and molest the crowds after the show.

Most of the time the crowds just hand over their wallets but the NASCAR crowd don't play that and started fighting back... more spooks came out of the ghetto, more of the speed week fans kept coming too and before long it had turned into a riot of 30,000.
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The CO is a joke... so no doubt they'll down play what happened uptown
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True that....their reporting is riddled with errors and bullshit....
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Trying to get youtube link to post... no working... Here's a youtube link to video

[link to www.youtube.com]
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and............... want me to say it???


what color were they
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Trying to get youtube link to post... no working... Here's a youtube link to video

[link to www.youtube.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1308416


That vid is from April 20
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I couldn't watch it because I don't have a google account... it was a link I copied from another site that someone had said was a video of the riots...
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This probably needs to be pinned...

I mean, its a riot of 30,000 in a major city in the US and the story is obviously being supressed my the MSM.
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More...

"Police are trying to put up metal barricades to keep people back [and] they're pushing them over. People yelling at cops 'Forget the police, y'all aren't gonna do anything! Y'all don't run this, we run this' type thing. Gang signs being thrown up and it's something out of a movie," witness Alex Fernelius said.

Officers estimate there were between 25,000 to 30,000 people in the four block area of uptown Charlotte, with additional groups gathered around the Transit Center.

more here... [link to www.wbtv.com]
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From what I'm reading on blogs here's what REALLY happened...

This was Speed week, some kind of NASCAR event... You know the type that's into NASCAR.

We apparentally, anytime there's a large event or concert in Charlotte, hundreds of spooks mass around the transit terminal downtown to mug and molest the crowds after the show.

Most of the time the crowds just hand over their wallets but the NASCAR crowd don't play that and started fighting back... more spooks came out of the ghetto, more of the speed week fans kept coming too and before long it had turned into a riot of 30,000.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1308416


bump
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Media blackout... Youtube is taking down videos...

They have been trying to keep this out of the national media BIG TIME...
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The black gangstas can do no wrong.
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Video... WBTV calling it a riot... fighting went on for "hours"

[link to www.wbtv.com]
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Transit center/light rail has been a place for TNB for a long time now. Usually, the sheep types uptown let one or two "youfs" attack someone on the train and do nothing. I guess they figured everyone is a sheep and got surprised. One guy was beaten up a while back by two of these poor, disadvantaged "youfs" and the whole traincarload of people just watched and did nothing. Glad to see some standing up to these beasts of the field.
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I'd hate to see that Denny's...
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I need more proof that it was 30,000 people. 70 is still a lot but 30,000??
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More violence breaking out this weekend...


One killed, seven injured during police-involved shootings on South Beach .Four bystanders were shot and three officers wounded on South Beach Monday morning in a deadly police-involved chase and firefight on Collins Avenue.

Read more: [link to www.miamiherald.com]

Video of the gunfire

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Let these animals KILL EACH OTHER.
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Unfortunately it doesn't begin. No revolution. Just a bunch of angry persons of a darker race having nothing else to do but be violent. Again.

They don't have enough brains to create anything but more of themselves. Kind of like a virus.

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