The Assn. of Air Medical Services (AAMS) postponed its upcoming Air Medical Transport Conference due to the instability surrounding riots at its host city of Charlotte, North Carolina, the association said Thursday night.
The conference was to be held Sept. 26 to 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center, just blocks away from rioting activity that has spurred in response to a recent fatal shooting of a man by a police officer. Rioters began throwing various items such as rocks and water bottles at police in riot gear. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency at the city's request.
In an email to attendees, AAMS' president and CEO, Rick Sherlock, cited the association's "major concern ... for the safety and welfare of our members, our industry and patients" for its decision to postpone the event. The note went on to say, "We believe continuing as scheduled would detract from AMTC's world-class educational and networking experiences," after learning about additional planned demonstrations to be held next week.
The association said it is working with the city to find a new date. AAMS Director of Communications Blair Beggan told R&WI the association hopes to announce new definitive dates early next week.