CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)– Major companies with offices in downtown Charlotte are telling their employees to stay home after two nights of violent protests following the shooting of a black man by police earlier this week.
Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy all told employees to stay away from the area Thursday, where disturbances have damaged several business fronts.
A Duke Energy spokesman says non-essential personnel who work downtown are being told to stay home for the day.
Wells Fargo spokesman Josh Dunn said the bank’s staff is not required to report to work Thursday. Dunn said employees can work from home or another location if they’re able. Employees unable to do so won’t be required to take a personal day off.
Bank of America announced late Wednesday that its downtown staff will not report Thursday because of the damage.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte is also among the places damaged during violent protests. The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority oversees the NASCAR Hall of Fame building and the convention center next door. An official said the building is being assessed for damage.
According to local news outlets, a street sign hung off-kilter from the front window of the hall’s building after someone tried to pry it out of the window.
The regional United Way building across the street from the hall was also damaged. Lobby windows were smashed. Officials don’t know if anyone entered the building.
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