Published: Mon, September 26, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Hours after it is announced, Clinton postpones Charlotte visit at mayor's request

Hours after it is announced, Clinton postpones Charlotte visit at mayor's request

The mayor of Charlotte is urging Hillary Clinton to postpone her announced visit to the embattled North Carolina city.

Team Clinton announced shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday that after "discussion with community leaders", the candidate would push back her journey from this coming Sunday to the following weekend so as not to cause any disruptions.

"After further discussion with community leaders, we have made a decision to postpone Sunday's trip as to not impact the city's resources", it said, adding that Clinton will visit the city on the following Sunday.

Gregg Watkins, Communications Manager of Mayor Roberts' office confirmed to NBC Charlotte that the mayor has not personally reached out to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and she has not officially asked them not to come.

And Trump is considering a trip to Charlotte next week after Monday's debate, two aides told CNN Thursday.

"And what I want to say is that we appreciate the support of candidates, we appreciate that they are concerned about Charlotte", Roberts said.

Clinton called on the police department to release its video "without delay", she wrote Friday on Twitter.

"I would like to have it released", she said, adding that while she did not have the authority to make that happen "I think it is only a matter of time".

The shooting death of Scott by police last week has sparked demonstrations in Charlotte and other USA cities over the use of lethal force by police, particularly against African-Americans. "We must ensure justice & work to bridge divides". "Dem pols said no way, dumb!" he tweeted. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested 44 people during the demonstrations Wednesday, and one person died after city officials say he was shot by another civilian.

Scott's wife released her cellphone video of the incident on Friday, which includes audio of her shouting "don't shoot him" and saying that he didn't have a gun. Scott's family viewed the footage Thursday afternoon and protests began shortly thereafter their statements to the press that described a narrative that was very different from the police's account.

"Police are entrusted with the enormous responsibility and we must do everything we can to ensure they're properly trained and that they respect all members of the police and that and wrongdoing is always vigorously addressed", he said.

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