Fans in uptown Charlotte okay with tight security for NBA All-Star

CMPD response to NBA All-Star crowds

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) said Saturday “so far so good” with NBA All-Star activities.

Police say outside of the secure NBA All-Star zone, they’ve had some issues around non sanctioned events. Police say between Thursday and Saturday afternoon – officers made 9 arrests and confiscated 10 guns.

But they say so far – inside the zone in uptown where NBA activities are happening – they haven’t had any significant problems.

Before fans can get inside Spectrum Center, they have to go through layers of security. There's no getting close to the arena without a ticket.

With thousands of people in Charlotte for NBA All-Star activities, CMPD officers are at just about every corner.

For some fans in Uptown with whom WBTV spoke - they say it mattered seeing police around.

“A good presence,” said Duane Farrington of Illinois. “It's good to know but they seem to be part of the community, part of the whole event so it doesn't seem overbearing or anything like that."

Latoya Eddie of Washington, D.C said “everyone has been nice. There’s no harassment or anything going on so I think it’s actually think it’s right on point."

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