State of emergency amid police shooting unrest

Demonstrators run as police set off flash- bang grenades
Physinews Reports: A state of emergency has been called in
Charlotte, North Carolina, as unrest continues
over the fatal police shooting of a black man.


During a second night of protests over the
death of Keith Lamont Scott a demonstrator
was shot in what officials described as a
"civilian on civilian" incident.

The demonstrator is on life support, they
added.

Four police officers have also been injured in
clashes with protesters, Charlotte-
Mecklenburg Police Department said.

North Carolina governor Pat McCrory said the
National Guard and state highway patrol
troopers would be sent to help police as the
unrest continues.


Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney told Fox
News: "We're trying to disperse the crowd.

We've been very patient, but now they've
become very aggressive, throwing bottles
and so forth, at my officers, so it's time for us
now to restore order."

Police said Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was
armed and ignored officers' orders when he
was gunned down, but the victim's family
and a witness said he was holding a book
and not a weapon.

The latest unrest started with a peaceful rally
that turned violent after several hundred
demonstrators, chanting "black lives matter"
and "no justice, no peace", marched through
downtown Charlotte with brief stops at a
black church, police headquarters and a
large entertainment venue.


As they approached an intersection,
protesters confronted a column of police cars
and officers lining the road.

Police then unleashed a volley of rubber
bullets, tear gas and flash-bang grenades to
disperse the demonstrators, who began
throwing fireworks and debris at officers
outside a hotel.


The confrontation grew more intense as
officers carrying shields moved down a
street, pushing back a crowd of
demonstrators who hurried for cover as
police fired more tear gas.


People were also seen looting a convenience
store after smashing its windows.

Sixteen officers were injured on the first night
of unrest, as police in riot gear clashed with
demonstrators who threw stones, set fires
and briefly blocked an interstate highway.

In the aftermath of the killing on Tuesday, Mr
Scott's wife Rakeyia issued a statement
describing her family as "devastated" and
appealed for calm.
She added: "We have more questions than
answers about Keith's death."

Authorities have not released any video
footage of the incident, but the city's mayor
said they plan to do so and she would watch
the footage on Thursday.

The unrest in North Carolina unfolded as
demonstrators in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
demanded the arrest of a police officer seen
in a video fatally shooting an unarmed black
man who had his hands in the air .


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