Police Preparing for Protests and Other Possible Security Issues at RNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The first parking restrictions are in place as Charlotte prepares to welcome delegates for the Republican National Convention.

Police are preparing for protests and other possible security issues.

It’s one of the big security questions ahead of the RNC… will a scaled-down convention… mean scaled-down protests?

“We don’t really have that information right now, we’re just kind of paying attention to everything we see, open-source, and other avenues,” said CMPD Major Steve Brochu, during a news conference on Wednesday.

Police say there isn’t a designated protest zone, and no protest permits are being issued.

“We don’t have the resources necessarily to provide sanctioned events if you will, or scheduled events,” Brochu said.

Electronic signs and banners are already in place, welcoming 336 delegates, plus staff.

Meetings will start Friday, but Monday is the day designated as a national security event by Homeland Security.

A 30-mile drone restriction will be in place from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“CMPD will stand up our command center, that’s here at headquarters and we’ll start that on Friday,” Brochu said.

Roads around the Charlotte Convention Center will be fenced off to non-RNC traffic beginning on Sunday night.

You won’t be able to access parts of College, Stonewall, and Brevard Streets, along with part of M.L.K Boulevard.

With the nomination vote planned for Monday, the entire event is expected to wrap up by 4:00 p.m. that day.

CMPD is urging patience for anyone who lives, works, or commutes in Uptown.

“We’re open for business as we would normally be, just with that, know there’s going to be a little more patience involved in getting through where you need to get through,” Brochu says.