Charlotte, NC - North Carolina Highway Patrol Honor Guard was met with a shocking amount of disrespect when they were turned away from the Hornets game at Spectrum Center on Thursday night.
Ty Candler with WCNC reports that the Honor Guard has presented colors and led the pledge of allegiance many times before at Hornet games without issue. However, when the honor guard arrived at the Hornets/Heat game on Thursday night, they were met by a new head of security who refused them entry. The head of security insisted that the uniformed police officers must check their weapons prior to entering the stadium.
The NBA has rules against people entering NBA arenas while armed unless they are acting in a security capacity, and the Honor Guard was there for the pledge of allegiance, not security. Normally Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD escorts the Honor Guard into the building, but the head of security didn't care.
With the head of security insisting that all officers abandon their weapons prior to entry, they were forced with no reasonable option other than to leave.
This incident follows a recent uptick in uniformed law enforcement officers being refused entry to places because of their weapons. The situations are usually later excused away by the organizations as a misunderstanding. These excuses amount to little more than saying that their managers don't have the common sense that God gave broccoli. Either the organizations support refusing armed officers entry, the managers are intentionally being disrespectful to law enforcement, or they lack any common sense. None of these excuses is very good.
No excuse has reportedly been given for this incident yet.
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