Carolinas Wireless Association cancels its meeting in Charlotte over riot concerns

In Daily News Briefs by Wireless Estimator

Due to the riots in Charlotte, N.C., the Carolinas Wireless Association (CWA) postponed its event schedule for this evening at the Whitewater Center.

Although the meeting location is approximately 15 miles from downtown Charlotte, organizers were concerned that their membership could be in danger if riots continued this evening in protest of the killing of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott by police on Tuesday.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency at 12:30 a.m. and called in the National Guard after Charlotte’s police chief said he needed the help.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney would not commit to releasing video of the incident to the public. Putney said Scott’s family had asked to see the video and authorities were trying to “accomodate” that request.

The CWA Board is currently working with Whitewater Center to reschedule the event that featured Allen Dixon, a vocal proponent of the role of industry standards.

“As details become available, we will share them with the membership.  In the meantime, it is the hope that everyone remains safe,” the association said in a statement.