Vikings/Panthers game on schedule despite violent protests

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The National Guard has been sent to Charlotte NC to help restore peace after Governor Pat McCrory issued a state of emergency when protests turned violent Wednesday night.

The NFL is continuing to monitor the situation but, as of right now, the Sunday game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Carolina Panthers is set to be played as scheduled.

NFL spokesman Brian Mccarthy had this to say in an email to the Associated Press on Thursday. “We are planning to play the game as scheduled on Sunday. We are monitoring events in Charlotte and have been in communication with local officials and authorities, and both the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings.”

Panthers president Danny Morrison released a statement on Thursday as well saying the team is “in contact with government officials, the Charlotte – Mecklenburg police department and the NFL. We are continuing to monitor events as we prepare for Sunday’s home game.”

One person was shot and four police were injured as a peaceful protest turned into rioting and looting Wednesday night.

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