On Sept. 22, 2016, the National Football League (NFL) issued a statement regarding the game that will take place in Charlotte, N.C., on September 25. According to ESPN, local officials along with the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings will take extra security measures against the demonstrators.
The protests began in Charlotte after two violent shootings happened in the last week. They took place in Columbus, Ohio, and Tulsa, Okla., involving police officers.
Moreover, on September 20, in Charlotte, a police officer shot a 43-year-old black man. According to The New York Times, during the unrest, four officers were also injured, but the wounds are not life-threatening.
Despite the protests that marked the city in the last week, the NFL announced that there would not be any changes in the program. The game between Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings will take place on September 25, at the Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte. The match is one of the 16th games scheduled in the third week of the 2016 NFL regular season.
Written by Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Cathy Milne
ESPN: Amid protests, Vikings-Panthers still planning to be held on Sunday
The New York Times: Man Is Shot in Charlotte as Unrest Stretches to Second Night
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