Friday, December 23, 2011
CMPD Responds In Mass to SouthPark and Carolina Place
The re-release of Nike's Jordan XI Concord basketball shoe in Charlotte may have caught CMPD by surprise. Around 5:30 this morning calls for additional officers to respond to SouthPark Mall started coming then a few minutes later the radio exploded with traffic.
Pineville Police and CMPD also responded in force to Carolina Place Mall.
One report has no less than 30 CMPD Cruisers at SouthPark and another report stated that more than 2 dozen CMPD and Pineville Police Officers were now at Carolina Place.
Carolina Place Mall manager tells WBTV Camera crew to leave the property denying that riots were occurring. "There were no incidents, I don't know about any fights."
Carolina Place Mall manager later tells reporters: "Overall, I think it was a successful event."
While Carolina Place tried to keep order SouthPark Mall had CMPD Officer clear the mall. At 6:30 those who had waited in line found themselves outside facing tresspassing charges if they failed to leave the property. No word on any arrests as of yet.
More from WBTV is here.
Rumors that the Bobcats store at Time Warner arena had 500 pairs of the shoes causes a crowd to swell in uptown Charlotte.
The Charlotte Observer reported:
Shortly after 11 a.m., a Bobcats representative with a megaphone addressed the crowd.
"No one ever got 500 pairs of shoes, anywhere...You guys are making it unsafe," he said. "We have people pushing, and small kids."
The store was sold out of shoes; season ticket holders had been allowed to shop first, and had snatched up all the pairs. But the Bobcats did offer a pair of tickets to next Friday's game against the Orlando Magic and a t-shirt to anyone waiting in line.
Some in the crowd yelled that they didn't want tickets, they wanted shoes, and stayed put.
CMPD Major John Diggs addressed the crowd a half-dozen more times with a megaphone. "Just so you're clear, there are no more available at this location...The store is not opening...there are no shoes left for purchasing," he said.
More details from the Charlotte Observer here.