Charlotte: protests continue, as well as differing accounts of what happened

Casey Mills
September 23, 2016

The overnight curfew is in place until 6 a.m., but includes exceptions for people traveling to work or on other business, the city said.

Mayor Roberts said she was in constant contact with the chief and Medic. He said Charlotte now has more resources to deal with problems, following a declaration of a state of emergency and the arrival of the North Carolina National Guard and more officers from the State Highway Patrol. He also ordered the deployment of the state's National Guard and State Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement forces in restoring order in the city.

In the initial two nights of protests following Scott's death, one demonstrator was fatally shot and police fired tear gas at crowds, with violent demonstrations resulting in damage to shops and the closure of Interstate 85.

The US President, Barack Obama, on Thursday urged the protesters to maintain the peace in the region.

TV video showed that some protesters held up posters saying "Stop killing us", "Resistance is lovely", and "Release the tapes".

Protests in Charlotte have now lasted into their third day.

Chief Putney said, "An allegation was made one of our CMPD officers was involved in shooting; we're investigating that as best the evidence can show us".

The statement added that Mr Scott's hands were by his sides and he was slowly walking backward.

The matter of what actually happened and whether or not Scott had a gun when he was shot Tuesday afternoon is still up for debate.

The rioting that has engulfed the city claimed a victim on Thursday, as city officials said that protester Justin Carr, 26, who was shot on Wednesday had died. No suspect in the case has been arrested so far.

It was incredibly hard for members of the Scott family to view these videos, but as a matter of the greater good and transparency, the Scott family asks that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department publicly immediately release both of the videos they watched today. Police have said Scott was armed with a handgun and refused multiple commands to drop the weapon before he was shot.

Despite demands from the family and community for police to release dashcam and body camera footage to the public, police are resisting such a move.

Justin Bamberg, a lawyer for Scott's family, watched the video with the dead man's relatives.

"I haven't seen any evidence; none of you all have seen any evidence that a gun was there", Bamberg said.

But Scott's death and last week's killing of Terence Clutcher in Oklahoma, who was unarmed, has once again raised questions of racial bias in USA policing.

An investigation into Carr's death is underway, Putney said.

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher, reporting from Charlotte, said: "The street is packed with people who have decided that the curfew means nothing to them, and they are going to continue protest". Scott's wife, Rakeyia, was among family members who were eyewitnesses to the shooting, the lawyer said.

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