Charlotte, N Carolina in state of emergency
Violent protesters reject police account of how Keith Scott was gunned down
Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina, woke to a state of emergency yesterday, with National Guard troops deployed on the streets after a second night of violent protests over the fatal police shooting of a black man.
One person was on life support after being shot by a civilian late Wednesday as riot police used teargas, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades to try to disperse demonstrators who looted stores and threw rocks, bottles and fireworks.
Four police officers suffered nonlife threatening injuries, city officials said.The latest trouble erupted after a peaceful rally earlier in the evening by protesters who reject the official account of how Keith Scott, 43, was gunned down by a black police officer in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities say Scott was wielding a handgun and was shot after refusing commands to drop it. His family and a witness say he was holding a book, not a firearm, when he was killed.
A spokesman for the Charlotte Fraternal Order of Police told CNN yesterday he had seen video from the scene showing Scott holding a gun.
Scott’s wife, Rakeyia, said on Wednesday evening that her family was “devastated” and had “more questions than answers” about her husband’s death.
She said she respected the rights of those who wanted to demonstrate, and asked that they do so peacefully. But the pleas appeared to go mostly unheeded. Overnight, protesters smashed windows and glass doors at a downtown Hyatt hotel and punched two employees, the hotel’s manager said. The slogan “Black Lives Matter” was spray-painted on windows.
Looters were seen smashing windows and grabbed items from a convenience store.
VICTIM’S WIFE SAYS HER FAMILY IS DEVASTATED AND HAS MORE QUERIES THAN ANSWERS