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Panthers: Charlotte Protests Won't Keep NFL Game From Happening Sunday

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Protesters face riot police during a demonstration against police brutality in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 21, 2016, following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott the previous day. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 05:14 PM

The NFL along with the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings have decided Sunday’s game in Charlotte will go on in spite of protests taking place there following the police shooting death of a black man.

The league was in consultation with both teams and local authorities before making the decision to play the game as scheduled, according to The Washington Post. The game is set for 1 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.

“We are planning to play the game as scheduled on Sunday,” NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to USA Today. “We are monitoring events in Charlotte and have been in communication with local officials and authorities.”

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte on Wednesday night after violent protests erupted in gunfire, injuring four police officers and critically wounding one protester. The National Guard was deployed to keep order.

Protests occurred Tuesday and Wednesday nights not far from the stadium after Charlotte police officer Brentley Vinson shot and killed Keith Scott outside his apartment complex. Police have claimed that Scott was carrying a gun, while relatives said it was just a book.

The Washington Post reports Carolina coach Ron Rivera addressed protesters in a statement, saying that “maybe instead of tearing up your own city, maybe instead of doing things the wrong way, we do things the right way,” referring to voting.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton answered a question from reporters Wednesday, saying he is “not happy with or how justice has been kind of dealt with over the years, you know, the state of oppression in our community.”

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