More Extraordinary Event silliness

As the UPoR reports, City Manager Ron Carlee has declared Saturday’s Liverpool – AC Milan soccer match and associated events an “Extraordinary Event,” limiting the items people are allowed to carry in “inside a corridor of West Carson Boulevard, South Cedar Street, West Trade Street and South Tryon Street.” The justification for the declaration:

“Although there is currently no known intelligence regarding threats for the game or related events, there is a general security threat due to recent world developments, large crowds with public access, and the potential for harm to take place during an international sporting event.”

So there’s no actual threat but the CMPD still gets extra police powers because Ron Carlee said so. And if the mere presence of a sporting event at Bank of America Stadium that draws lots of people justifies declaring an Extraordinary Event declaration, then Carlee should also declare Panthers home games and the Belk Bowl Extraordinary Events. His failure to do so demonstrates the utter arbitrariness of the designation. Special police powers based upon arbitrary designations such as this simply should not exist in a free society. And by using the designation as he does, Carlee shows exactly what sort of a gutless, unprincipled empty suit he is.

Michael Lowrey

Michael Lowrey is a contributor to Carolina Journal and a policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation. Lowrey has written numerous articles for the foundation on topics su...

Reader Comments

  • Eric Rowell

    Carlee didn’t grant himself these powers (they were originally granted to Walton), the primary blame for this extension of government power lies with the mayor and council members who voted in favor of amending the city code to allow for extraordinary events. If my recollection and reading of the Jan. 23, 2012 minutes is correct, that would have been council members Barnes, Cannon, Cooksey, Dulin, Fallon, Howard, Kinsey, Mayfield, Mitchell, and Pickering – every council member EXCEPT for John Autry.

  • cheld

    Trust me, this is the camel nose under the tent, and Panthers & Hornets games WILL be next.