Un­rest flares anew

Char­lotte mayor says govt would con­sider other op­tions if vi­o­lence con­tin­ues to flare

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGEN­CIES in Char­lotte, North Carolina

State of emer­gency de­clared in US city of Char­lotte as protests over shoot­ing con­tinue.

Vi­o­lent pro­test­ers ram­paged through parts of down­town Char­lotte as anger con­tin­ued to build over the deadly po­lice shoot­ing of a black man.

North Carolina Gov­er­nor Pat McCrory de­clared a state of emer­gency on Wed­nes­day night in the state’s largest city and called in the Na­tional Guard af­ter Char­lotte’s po­lice chief said he needed the help.

“We can­not tol­er­ate vi­o­lence. We can­not tol­er­ate the de­struc­tion of prop­erty and will not tol­er­ate the at­tacks to­ward our po­lice of­fi­cers that are oc­cur­ring right now, and I feel very strongly about that,” the gov­er­nor said. “That is not the Amer­i­can way.”

Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple taunted riot po­lice on Wed­nes­day night amid clashes in the city cen­ter, a sec­ond night of un­rest ig­nited by the shoot­ing.

Pro­tester on life sup­port

A pro­tester was crit­i­cally wounded and on life sup­port, the city said, af­ter ear­lier re­port­ing that the per­son had died.

Au­thor­i­ties had said the pro­tester was shot by a civil­ian, adding that po­lice did not open fire. An AFP re­porter at the scene of the protests saw a man who was ap­par- ently shot fall­ing to the ground, bleed­ing heav­ily.

Some demon­stra­tors banged on win­dows, oth­ers stood on cars and threw ob­jects at po­lice. Po­lice fired what ap­peared to be tear gas, send­ing the pro­test­ers scat­ter­ing.

“We are work­ing to bring peace and calm to our city. We know this is not who Char­lotte is,” Mayor Jen­nifer Roberts said, call­ing on peo­ple to stay home and off the streets.

“Tell ev­ery­one that vi­o­lence is not the an­swer,” she said.

Roberts added that au­thor­i­ties would con­sider other op­tions if vi­o­lence con­tin­ues to flare, “pos­si­bly cur­fews and that sort of thing, but right­now, weare con­tin­u­ing towork­with what we have tonight”.

Keith La­mont Scott, 43, was shot dead in an apart­ment com­plex park­ing lot on Tues­day af­ter an en­counter with of­fi­cers search­ing for a sus­pect wanted for ar­rest.

Six­teen of­fi­cers and sev­eral demon­stra­tors were in­jured in clashes overnight on Tues­day fol­low­ing Scott’s death, the lat­est in a string of po­li­cein­volved killings of black men that have fu­eled out­rage across the United States.

Char­lotte po­lice tweeted that four of­fi­cers were hurt dur­ing the sec­ond night of un­rest on Wed­nes­day night, but said none of the in­juries were con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing.

Be­fore Wed­nes­day’ s protest, pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton weighed in on the vi­o­lence, which came on the heels of an­other fa­tal po­lice shoot­ing of a black man, Ter­ence Crutcher, on Fri­day in Tulsa.

“Keith La­mont Scott. Ter­ence Crutcher. Too many oth­ers. This has got to end. -H,” tweeted Demo­crat Clin­ton, sign­ing the post her­self.

Af­ter call­ing to “make Amer­ica safe again” in a tweet, Trump sug­gested on Wed­nes­day that the Tulsa of­fi­cer who shot Crutcher had “choked”.

“I don’t know what she was think­ing,” the Repub­li­can said in Cleve­land, Ohio.

We are work­ing to bring peace and calm to our city. We know this is not who Char­lotte is.” Jen­nifer Roberts, mayor of Char­lotte

JA­SON MICZEK / REUTERS

Two women em­brace while look­ing at a po­lice of­fi­cer in Char­lotte onWed­nes­day dur­ing a protest against the po­lice shoot­ing of a black man.

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