CLT, Mecklenburg County under State of Emergency After 'Civil Unrest'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Chairperson of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles issued a joint proclamation of a State of Emergency, effective immediately, WCNC Charlotte's Hunter Saenz has confirmed. 

It comes after protests in Charlotte Friday night over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody turned violent.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department deemed the gathering "unlawful" and had ordered the demonstrators to disperse.

The State of Emergency proclamation, issued May 30 at 12 p.m., cites that "civil unrest has created a state of emergency" in both the city and county. 

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