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Protests continue in Charlotte as Panthers face Minnesota Vikings

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FOX Carolina/Sept. 25, 2016 FOX Carolina/Sept. 25, 2016
CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Sunday was game day in Charlotte, as the Panthers lost to the Minnesota Vikings at home.  And with the death of Keith Scott earlier this week, city officials declared the game an Extraordinary Event, which meant added security around the stadium.

But with the release of the dash and body cam videos on Saturday, there were questions about how protests might disrupt a big Sunday in Charlotte.  Fans outside the stadium said they are happy to have the Panthers playing at home.  William Wylie is a season ticket holder.

“It's been a crazy week, I’m saddened about Wednesday, but after everything cooled down it was great.  But now we're in the spirit of the game and it's going to be a lot of stress relief.”

Fans streamed into the stadium this afternoon, amid more police, and security.  Jillian Lanham said she didn’t notice too much extra hassle.

“I was expecting a lot of craziness going on but it’s about the same.  I’m a season ticket holder so it’s about the same as every week.  There’s a little extra security which makes us feel better especially with having the little one.”

But the added security didn't stop fans from coming out, many telling us, it was important for Sunday's game to go on, especially following a week that's been filled with emotion.

But what you saw outside the Bank of America Stadium really depended on where you went.

Protestors set up shop outside the stadium, just a few blocks away, where they marched as close as they could to where the Panthers played.  Law enforcement in Charlotte was ready though.  Police in riot gear moved along with the protesters, to make sure the game wasn't disrupted.

But those outside the stadium, like Brittany Dixon, said they don't mind the game went forward as scheduled.

“I think the game should still go on.  People love football so there's no reason to stop that.  I do think the protesters should be allowed to demonstrate just as we have everywhere else all over the city.  It's a large platform to get the message out.”

And others, like Monique Sexton, said that the release of the body and dash cam video of Keith Scott’s death prompted people to come out, because they still have questions that need answers.

“After the tape was released last night, I think a lot of people feel he either wasn't armed or he wasn't in a position where he was posing eminent danger or a threat to police officers.  So I think a lot of people are out here not because they hate white people or have a personal vendetta against police officers.  I think there is a distrust of the police officers and police in our community so we want to see justice.”

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