Hillary Clinton Postpones Visit to Charlotte, NC, Citing Security Concerns

Angela Bronner Helm
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event Sept. 21, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.
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The Hillary Clinton campaign announced Friday that the Democratic presidential candidate would visit Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, the day before the first presidential debate, only to reverse course hours later, citing security concerns and law-enforcement resources, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The outlet reports that Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts asked for a delay to avoid overextending security and law-enforcement resources, and the Clinton campaign complied.


“After further discussion with community leaders, we have decided to postpone Sunday’s trip as to not impact the city’s resources. She will plan to visit Charlotte next Sunday, provided circumstances allow. In the meantime, her prayers are with the people of Charlotte during these difficult days,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign’s communications director.

The WSJ reports that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign is also considering a visit, but no plans have been finalized.

Charlotte has been rocked during the past few days by mostly peaceful protests over the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was killed by police Tuesday.

Police say that Scott had a weapon; his wife insists that he did not.

The Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department has so far resisted calls to release the officer video footage of the shooting, something that Clinton, Scott’s family, protesters and even the Charlotte Observer has asked for.


“Charlotte should release police video of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting without delay. We must ensure justice & work to bridge divides,” Clinton tweeted Friday.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

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