From The Public Affairs Office of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept.
Throughout the night, officers responded to several confrontations within the College and Trade Street area, unrelated to the Speed Street event which ended hours earlier at approximately 11:00 p.m., On Saturday, May 28, 2011.
Throughout the night, several groups of 50 or more people began confronting each other and refusing police commands to disperse. It is estimated that approximately 25,000 to 30,000 people were in a four block area of uptown, from the intersection of College Street and Trade Street. Additional groups also gathered around the Transit Center and were not partaking in any events associated with Speed Street.
Approximately 70 arrests were made, including nearly 15 juvenile arrests. The majority of the arrest were made for disorderly conduct, fighting, assault and impeding traffic.
Officers noted people flashing gang signs, challenging other people as well as police officers, attempting to block sidewalks, and impeding vehicle traffic. The center city was staffed with on duty officers from Central Division, and officers working in a secondary employment capacity for Speed Street. Based upon the disruptions, additional pre-staged Civil Emergency Unit officers were called in from surrounding divisions to assist in managing the crowds.
Robert P. Fey
Public Affairs Office
601 East Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202