RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The North Carolina National Guard will remain deployed in Charlotte through at least the weekend, Gov. Pat McCrory said at a Friday news conference.
McCrory held the conference to address all three emergencies that have been declared this week in the state: fuel shortages caused by a pipeline break in Alabama, flooding in the eastern part of the state and unrest in Charlotte following the killing by police of a black man.
The governor provided little new information regarding the Charlotte shooting. He praised the police, state troopers and members of the National Guard who have responded to the unrest in the wake of Tuesday’s shooting.
He also said Charlotte is being singled out.
“For whatever reason there is a lot of attention on Charlotte only, when in fact the issue we are dealing with is a national issue,” he said.
He said officials must balance competing concerns, including a desire for transparency and protection of the rights of people being investigated, as they weigh when to release evidence such as videos. The discussion of when to release the videos of this shooting is ongoing, he said. He added that he expects the issue could go before a judge Oct. 1, when a new law requiring a court order for the release of such videos, takes effect.
He declined to directly engage with the mounting number of critics, including Attorney General Roy Cooper, who have called for the video’s prompt release. McCrory said he wasn’t sure whether Cooper had made the call as a candidate or as attorney general and that therefor he would not respond to it.
McCrory sought to push attention onto flooding in the eastern part of the state, where more than 100 water rescues, including a number from a nursing home, have taken place.
“It has received absolutely no national attention, partly due to the issues in Charlotte,” he said.
In some parts of the state, more than 17 inches of rain in recent days, he said, and while the waters are receiving, some areas remain underwater.