Hundreds of protesters gathered in front Metro division police station on Beatties Ford Road to protest the death of George Floyd.
CMPD is continuing to monitor the protests in Charlotte this evening to ensure a peaceful protest. To dispel any rumors, no chemical agents have been deployed.— CMPD News (@CMPD) May 30, 2020
ABC-affiliate WSOC reports that authorities have geared up and are working to ease protester's right to demonstrate.
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The protests follow shortly after Derek Chauvin, one of four officers involved in George Floyd's death, was charged. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.
WSOC reported people smashed windows and went into a few stores such as a cell phone store and a Food Lion, causing a lot of damage and looting.
Police took several people into custody, including Charlotte city councilman Braxton Winston.
Winston and the others were charged with failure to disperse on command.
In the video, Chauvin is seen kneeling on Floyd's neck as Floyd is on the ground. He gradually becomes motionless as Chauvin and three other officers ignore bystanders' shouts to get off him. Freeman said the investigation continues into the other three officers, but that authorities "felt it appropriate to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator."
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told WSOC he is outraged by Floyd's death calling it "disgusting and cowardly.'
"We keep doing all this work and the behavior of one person basically puts all in jeopardy. It made our jobs in this profession a lot harder. It's ridiculous. It's disgusting. It's frustrating. And I'm getting tired of it," he said.
Putney, like many other police chief within the Triangle, have expressed their discomfort with the handling of the situation.
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins believes the officers in the viral video arresting Floyd should be held accountable and has even started using the video as a training tool within the department.