CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A joint intelligence bulletin issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Department of Homeland Security warns of violent plans anarchist extremists may have in store for the Democratic National Convention.
The bulletin notes the groups would likely target local businesses or financial centers, transportation venues or law enforcement; and are willing to use improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and molotov cocktails.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe responded the bulletin after a town hall meeting at Johnson C. Smith University with Mayor Anthony Foxx Wednesday night. He said he had already read the classified version.
"I'm not surprised," said Monroe. "We have an awareness for the possibility of many things and are prepared for most. The majority of protestors are coming to get their message out in a peaceful manner and we're going to let them do that. If anyone steps into the criminal area, we know how to respond to that."
Mayor Foxx, on the other hand, did not know about the FBI/DHS bulletin when we asked. After reading it on a smartphone, he said he had faith in CMPD and Chief Monroe to protect the city.
Chief Monroe said he and several officers are going to Tampa for the Republican National Convention to observe.
Thousands of officers from major cities will be in Charlotte for the DNC to assist with security. Many of those officers have experience with large scale events like the G8, G20 or past conventions.
Monroe also said officers from Durham and Winston-Salem will be helping CMPD officers patrol neighborhoods around the entire county the first week of September.