Todd Walther, spokesman for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police, told CNN’s Erin Burnett that 70% of the rioters arrested in Charlotte, NC, held out of state licenses and were not locals. He states that literal bus-loads of rioters are traveling into the city to participate in the mayhem.
He told Burnett:
“This is not Charlotte that’s out here These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protestors, these are criminals.”
He went on to say:
“I’m not saying all the people, but we’ve got the instigators that are coming in from the outside. They were coming in on buses from out of state. If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night. I can about say probably 70% of those had out-of-state IDs. They’re not coming from Charlotte.”
Watch Walther’s full statement in the video clip below:
The sudden influx of individuals looking for an excuse to riot explains how the city descended into chaos so rapidly.