The Charlotte Observer reports McCrory congratulated police on their efforts during the event and wrote that: "Too many of our youth, primarily African-American, are imitating and/or participating in a gangster type of dress, attitude, behavior and action."
The head of Charlotte's branch of the NAACP called the comments "insensitive" and said they "characterized all young black people as troublemakers and gang members."
But McCrory isn't budging, saying he won't apologize "because my comments were accurate, period." And he added: "My role as mayor is to communicate what I consider to be concerns and in doing so you have to step on some toes. We can't run away from the situation and shoot the messenger."