Hillary Clinton delays trip to Charlotte after plea from mayor

Published: Sep. 23, 2016 at 8:36 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2016 at 1:45 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Presidential Hillary Clinton will delay her trip to Charlotte after a plea on national television from the city's mayor Jennifer Roberts on CNN.

Roberts said during an interview on CNN Friday night that she would prefer presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delay a trip to Charlotte this weekend that she announced Friday afternoon.

Roberts said she hopes Clinton will delay the trip in an effort to not stress security resources.

"And I've also heard Trump might also be coming later in the week to Charlotte. And what I want to say is that we appreciate the support of candidates, we appreciate that they are concerned about Charlotte," Roberts said. "At this point we do have very stressed resources for security. And they are working, you know, around the clock. If there would be a way to delay those visits in terms of giving us a chance to get our city back to order and back to more of a state of normalcy, that would probably be ideal."

"We really appreciate their support. We appreciate the nation's support," she continued. "Our hearts are heavy here today with what's going on. And again, we hope that they could figure out a way to come a little bit later."

Friday night, Clinton's camp responded - saying that she would delay for more than a week.

"Hillary is grateful for, and intends to honor, the invitation from faith leaders to visit with the Charlotte community. After further discussion with community leaders, we have decided to postpone Sunday's trip as to not impact the City's resources," said Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri.

Clinton will visit Charlotte next Sunday, October 2, "provided circumstances allow."

"In the meantime her prayers are with the people of Charlotte during these difficult days," Palmieri continued.

Friday morning, Clinton called for the release of police video involving the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer Brentley Vinson.

"Charlotte should release police video of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting without delay," Clinton tweeted at 2:42 p.m. Friday. "We must ensure justice & work to bridge divides."

Other NC leaders, including Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper have also called for the videos to be released.

RELATED: Roy Cooper, Jennifer Roberts call for CMPD shooting video to be released

The North Carolina GOP also issued a statement in response to Clinton calling for the videos to be released.

"Governor McCrory has stated and shown that politics has no place in the delicate consideration of the public release of evidence," a statement from NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes read. "Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper should follow his example."


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