Charlotte officials assure safety while addressing threats during DNC
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CHARLOTTE – Charlotte officials say they're ready for the start of the Democratic National Convention.
At a town hall meeting Wednesday night, Mayor Anthony Foxx and CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe talked about their preparations to address threats by protestors and extremist groups, and assured residents and business owners that everything is OK.
The group Anonymous released an eight-minute video Wednesday that features violent riots and chaos. The video mentions the RNC specifically, but Homeland Security warns that group could pose a threat to the DNC.
Homeland Security says the group could target local businesses or financial centers and they could come armed with explosives.
Monroe addressed the warning at the town hall, saying he was aware of it and that if anyone poses any criminal threat to the city, authorities are prepared to respond.
"It's no surprise to me. It's something that we have been planning and have been organizing ourselves for the entire time. We've seen some of the things that have happened at other conventions, we've seen the same video and we've made our plans accordingly," he said.
Monroe said that most of the protestors are coming to get their message across in a peaceful manner.
As far as the potential threats, Foxx told the crowd he is confident the department will protect the city.
In addition to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, thousands of officers from other cities will be in Charlotte to help with security efforts during the DNC.