The National Football League (NFL) and the Carolina Panthers are considering moving a game out of Charlotte this weekend due to mass protests that have overtaken the city in recent nights.
The Panthers are in contact with the Charlotte police department, local and state officials and the league office in New York over how to proceed, according to a statement released Thursday by the team’s front office.
"We are in contact with government officials, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the NFL," a team spokesperson said. "We are continuing to monitor events as we prepare for Sunday's home game."
The Panthers are scheduled to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium, located in downtown Charlotte.
Two nights of protests in Charlotte occurred after a black civilian, 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, was shot and killed by a black police officer.
The demonstrations turned violent Wednesday night, with one person shot and seriously injured. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte on Wednesday night.
Many of the protests have taken place close to Bank of America Stadium.
During riots in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death in 2015, Major League Baseball officials postponed two Orioles home games and even played one game without fans in the stands as a security measure.