GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – In a week that started with fireworks to celebrate America’s independence, violence is one of the main things that rung through.
The shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana sparked protests all across the country, and in some cases, blocked traffic along major interstates.
A Thursday gathering in Dallas to protest the shootings was the scene of the biggest loss of first responder’s life since September 11th. A sniper opened fire on the crowd, killing five police officers, and injuring several others.
“This was a mobile shooter that had written manifestos on how to shoot and move, shoot and move,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
Already, several protests and rallies are planned in the coming days right here in the East.
This past week also saw both presumptive presidential candidates make campaign stops in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton was joined by President Obama for the first time on the campaign trial in Charlotte on Tuesday.
“It means so much to me personally to have the president’s support in this campaign,” Clinton said. “After all he knows a thing or two about winning elections, take it from me.”
The campaign stop came just hours after the FBI released their report into Clinton’s email scandal during her time as Secretary of State. The FBI said Clinton was reckless, but recommended filing no charges.
Since then, the State Department has reopened the case against Clinton.
Donald Trump also made an appearance in North Carolina, campaigning in Raleigh just hours after Clinton’s stop. During the rally, he addressed the email scandal.
“Hillary Clinton can’t keep her emails safe, and you know what folks, she sure as hell can’t keep our country safe,” Trump said.
With North Carolina likely to be a battleground state, you can expect to see both candidates here a lot in the coming months.