North Carolina police have no special plans for tournament
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police department says it’s making no significant changes in its plans before a basketball tournament during which shootings have occurred the past two years.
The Charlotte Observer reports the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it will be using “the same template” when the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament begins on Feb. 27.
Capt. Norman Garnes told council members during a meeting Tuesday that CMPD won’t have an overbearing presence during the weeklong tournament, adding that “we will be there and ready.”
Shortly before the men’s championship last Feb. 25, CMPD said several dozen rounds were fired from multiple weapons in downtown Charlotte. In 2016, police say someone fired as many as 50 rounds from an AK-47 into the side of the Hyatt Place Hotel, also in downtown Charlotte.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com