Char­lotte, N Carolina in state of emer­gency

Vi­o­lent pro­test­ers re­ject po­lice ac­count of how Keith Scott was gunned down

The Star (Kenya) - - News - BLACK MAN SHOOT­ING

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.


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